- 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 lewdly
Historical Examples of lewdly
(Lewdly) The mouth can be better engaged than with a cylinder of rank weed.Ulysses
Concerning Philip that she was lewdly transported with the loue of one Th.Witch Stories
E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
He drained his glass noisily while his eyes remained upon the pretty buckskin-clad figure that so lewdly attracted him.The Heart of Unaga
If that man should be lewdly given, he deceiveth me; for, Henry, I see virtue in his looks.Old and New London
- characterized by or intended to excite crude sexual desire; obscene
Word Origin for lewd
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.