- indecent; lewd; obscene: another of his bawdy stories.
- coarse or indecent talk or writing; bawdry; bawdiness: a collection of Elizabethan bawdy.
Origin of bawdy
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- (of language, plays, etc) containing references to sex, esp to be humorous
- obscenity or eroticism, esp in writing or drama
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Word Origin and History for bawdily
Bawdy Basket, the twenty-third rank of canters, who carry pins, tape, ballads and obscene books to sell. [Grose, "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1785]
Related: Bawdily; bawdiness.
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