adjective, lewd·er, lewd·est.
- low, ignorant, or vulgar.
- base, vile, or wicked, especially of a person.
- bad, worthless, or poor, especially of a thing.
Origin of lewd
Examples from the Web for lewd
One interpretation suggests he is the embodiment of whisky, a lewd allusion to a tenured tradition of Scottish alcoholism.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality|Noah Caldwell|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was arrested the same day on felony charges of forcible rape, lewd acts on a minor, and kidnapping to commit a sexual offense.Woman Who Says She Was Held Captive for 10 Years Feared Deportation|Caitlin Dickson|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Elementary School in Los Angeles, has so far been charged with 15 counts of sexual abuse and lewd acts on a child.Los Angeles’s School Nightmare: Another Sex-Abuse Scandal|Christine Pelisek|January 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The trial brought accusations of lewd rabble-rousing and rampant sexism at corporate events—bad publicity to say the least.
Did the ‘Best in Show’ actor commit a “lewd act” in a seedy Hollywood theater known for such cinematic fare as ‘Nut Busters’?The Tale Behind Fred Willard’s Arrest in an Adult Film Theater|Christine Pelisek|July 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Hook let his cloak slip softly to the ground, and then biting his lips till a lewd blood stood on them, he stepped into the tree.Peter and Wendy|James Matthew Barrie
Yea, one lewd person, (saith Bodin) may be received to accuse and condemne a thousand suspected witches.The Devil in Britain and America|John Ashton
Most say, the steed's a goodly thing, But all agree, 'tis a lewd King.The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753)|Theophilus Cibber
All we'd need, sir, at least for the lewd, public indecent exposure charge.Eight Keys to Eden|Mark Irvin Clifton
Little they know of Rabelais who call him a lewd buffoonthe profanest of mountebanks.Visions and Revisions|John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for lewd
Word Origin for lewd
Word Origin and History for lewd
Old English læwede "nonclerical," of uncertain origin but probably ultimately from Vulgar Latin *laigo-, from Latin laicus (see lay (adj.)). Sense of "unlettered, uneducated" (early 13c.) descended to "coarse, vile, lustful" by late 14c. Related: Lewdly; lewdness.