- inclined to, characterized by, or inciting to lust or lechery; lascivious.
- obscene or indecent, as language or songs; salacious.
- 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
September 18, 2014
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
May 23, 2014
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
January 25, 2013
The trial brought accusations of lewd rabble-rousing and rampant sexism at corporate events—bad publicity to say the least.Microsoft Puts Two Women in Charge of Windows
November 14, 2012
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
July 19, 2012
They see everywhere, even in the most innocent objects, the most lewd allusions.The Sexual Question
All lewd women are diseased some of the time and some lewd women are diseased all of the time.
I felt some pricks of shame at this lewd reference to my father.Athelstane Ford
Their humour was obscene and he was never at a loss for the lewd remark.The Trembling of a Leaf
William Somerset Maugham
"Yea; mockers and scorners are Godwin and his lewd sons," answered the monk.Harold, Complete
- characterized by or intended to excite crude sexual desire; obscene
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.