bawdry

[ baw-dree ]
/ ˈbɔ dri /

noun

Archaic. lewdness; obscenity; bawdiness.
Obsolete.
  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
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bawdry

/ (ˈbɔːdrɪ) /

noun

archaic obscene talk or language
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