- indecent; lewd; obscene: another of his bawdy stories.
- coarse or indecent talk or writing; bawdry; bawdiness: a collection of Elizabethan bawdy.
Origin of bawdy
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1. lascivious, salacious, prurient, earthy, risqué, ribald, coarse, licentious, raunchy.
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Examples from the Web for bawdy
More than bawdy, though, The Ball adds a familiar unpretentiousness to trendy locales like Tao, Lavo, The Park, and Dream Hotel.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots
December 26, 2014
Note the bawdy pun in the first example, by which the speaker implies that she came last night.Beauty and Subversion in the Secret Poems of Afghan Women
April 6, 2014
Never one to mince her words, Leakes is as bawdy as they get on reality television.‘Ebony’ Cover With NeNe Leakes Unleashes a Firestorm of Criticism
Karu F. Daniels
November 27, 2012
The bawdy jokes that followed may have helped a politician who looks like he was born in a suit.The Unzipping of Mitt Romney: an Effort to Show His Softer Side
April 10, 2012
But the book is also at times funny, bawdy, and optimistic, as is Lloyd herself.Standing Up for Women
April 6, 2011
His mirth is bawdy jests with the wenches, and, behind the door, bawdy earnest.Microcosmography
As he went out, however, the conjurer paid him a most bawdy compliment.La Ronge Journal, 1823
I will sing a bawdy song, sir, because your verjuice face is melancholy, to make liquor go down glib.
I am sick of chattering, playing dice, going to bawdy houses, and making vain reports to the Florentine Wool-staplers.The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci
Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
So one laughed, and the other cried fie: the third said I was a bawdy captain; and there was all I could get of them.A Select Collection of Old English Plays (11 of 15)
W. Carew Hazlitt
- (of language, plays, etc) containing references to sex, esp to be humorous
- obscenity or eroticism, esp in writing or drama
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Word Origin and History for bawdy
Bawdy Basket, the twenty-third rank of canters, who carry pins, tape, ballads and obscene books to sell. [Grose, "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1785]
Related: Bawdily; bawdiness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper