[ lood ]
/ lud /

adjective, lewd·er, lewd·est.

inclined to, characterized by, or inciting to lust or lechery; lascivious.
obscene or indecent, as language or songs; salacious.
  1. low, ignorant, or vulgar.
  2. base, vile, or wicked, especially of a person.
  3. bad, worthless, or poor, especially of a thing.


Origin of lewd

before 900; Middle English leud, lewed, Old English lǣwede lay, unlearned
Related formslewd·ly, adverblewd·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for lewdly

  • Concerning Philip that she was lewdly transported with the loue of one Th.

    Witch Stories|E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
  • If that man should be lewdly given, he deceiveth me; for, Henry, I see virtue in his looks.

    Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
  • (Lewdly) The mouth can be better engaged than with a cylinder of rank weed.

    Ulysses|James Joyce
  • He drained his glass noisily while his eyes remained upon the pretty buckskin-clad figure that so lewdly attracted him.

    The Heart of Unaga|Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for lewdly


/ (luːd) /


characterized by or intended to excite crude sexual desire; obscene
  1. wicked
  2. ignorant
Derived Formslewdly, adverblewdness, noun

Word Origin for lewd

C14: from Old English lǣwde lay, ignorant; see lay ³
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Word Origin and History for lewdly



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.

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