- Archaic. lewdness; obscenity; bawdiness.
- the business of a prostitute.
- illicit intercourse; fornication.
Origin of bawdry
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Examples from the Web for bawdry
He omitted a good deal of bawdry, especially in Act II, scene ii.The City Bride (1696)
Thus, Brooks lumps 1601 with Mark Twain's "bawdry," and interprets it simply as another indication of frustration.1601
He was primed with the letter-accounts; he made her dot her amorous I's and cross her bawdry T's.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
It is also noteworthy that, for the period, the bawdry is "cut" to the lowest limit.
This will prove rare sport, to see how the poet's genius will grapple with this bawdry!A Select Collection of Old English Plays
- archaic obscene talk or language
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Word Origin and History for bawdry
"obscenity," late 14c., probably from Old French bauderie "boldness, ardor, elation, pride" (see bawd).
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