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bawdry

[baw-dree]
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noun
  1. Archaic. lewdness; obscenity; bawdiness.
  2. Obsolete.
    1. the business of a prostitute.
    2. illicit intercourse; fornication.
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Origin of bawdry

First recorded in 1350–1400, bawdry is from the Middle English word bawdery. See bawd, -ery
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Related Words for bawdry

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

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Historical Examples of bawdry

  • He omitted a good deal of bawdry, especially in Act II, scene ii.

    The City Bride (1696)

    Joseph Harris

  • Thus, Brooks lumps 1601 with Mark Twain's "bawdry," and interprets it simply as another indication of frustration.

    1601

    Mark Twain

  • He was primed with the letter-accounts; he made her dot her amorous I's and cross her bawdry T's.

  • 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!


British Dictionary definitions for bawdry

bawdry

noun
  1. archaic obscene talk or language
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Word Origin and History for bawdry

n.

"obscenity," late 14c., probably from Old French bauderie "boldness, ardor, elation, pride" (see bawd).

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