lewd

[lood]
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adjective, lewd·er, lewd·est.
  1. inclined to, characterized by, or inciting to lust or lechery; lascivious.
  2. obscene or indecent, as language or songs; salacious.
  3. Obsolete.
    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
Can be confusedlewd obscene pornographic profanatory profane
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Related Words for lewdly

suggestively, lewdly, viciously

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

    James Joyce

  • 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

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • If that man should be lewdly given, he deceiveth me; for, Henry, I see virtue in his looks.

    Old and New London

    Walter Thornbury


British Dictionary definitions for lewdly

lewd

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

lewd

adj.

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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