[ bawd ]
/ bɔd /


a woman who maintains a brothel; madam.
a prostitute.
Archaic. a procuress.

Origin of bawd

1325–75; Middle English bawde, noun use of Middle French baude, feminine of baud jolly, dissolute < West Germanic; compare Old English bald bold

Can be confused

baud bawd Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (bɔːd) /

noun archaic

a person who runs a brothel, esp a woman
a prostitute

Word Origin for bawd

C14: shortened from Old French baudetrot, from baude feminine of baud merry + trot one who runs errands; compare Old High German bald bold
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