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lewd

[ lood ]
/ lud /
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adjective, lewd·er, lewd·est.
inclined to, characterized by, or inciting to lust or lechery; lascivious.
obscene or indecent, as language or songs; salacious.
Obsolete.
  1. low, ignorant, or vulgar.
  2. base, vile, or wicked, especially of a person.
  3. bad, worthless, or poor, especially of a thing.
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Origin of lewd

First recorded before 900; Middle English leud, lewed, Old English lǣwede “lay, unlearned”

OTHER WORDS FROM lewd

lewd·ly, adverblewd·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lewd

lewd , obscene, pornographic, profanatory, profane
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British Dictionary definitions for lewd

lewd
/ (luːd) /

adjective
characterized by or intended to excite crude sexual desire; obscene
obsolete
  1. wicked
  2. ignorant

Derived forms of lewd

lewdly, adverblewdness, noun

Word Origin for lewd

C14: from Old English lǣwde lay, ignorant; see lay ³
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