bawdry

[ baw-dree ]
/ ˈbɔ dri /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. baveux,
  2. bavin,
  3. bawbee,
  4. bawcock,
  5. bawd,
  6. bawdy,
  7. bawdyhouse,
  8. bawl,
  9. bawl out,
  10. bawn

Origin of bawdry

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bawdry

bawdry

/ (ˈbɔːdrɪ) /

noun

archaic obscene talk or language
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Word Origin and History for bawdry

bawdry

n.

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

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