Archaic. lewdness; obscenity; bawdiness.
  1. the business of a prostitute.
  2. illicit intercourse; fornication.

Origin of bawdry

First recorded in 1350–1400, bawdry is from the Middle English word bawdery. See bawd, -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bawdry

filth, dirt, profanity, vulgarity, smut, scatology, ribaldry

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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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