[ baw-dee ]
/ ˈbɔ di /

adjective, bawd·i·er, bawd·i·est.

indecent; lewd; obscene: another of his bawdy stories.


coarse or indecent talk or writing; bawdry; bawdiness: a collection of Elizabethan bawdy.

Origin of bawdy

First recorded in 1505–15; bawd + -y1

Related forms

bawd·i·ly, adverbbawd·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bawdy


/ (ˈbɔːdɪ) /

adjective bawdier or bawdiest

(of language, plays, etc) containing references to sex, esp to be humorous


obscenity or eroticism, esp in writing or drama

Derived Forms

bawdily, adverbbawdiness, noun
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