adjective, lewd·er, lewd·est.
- 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
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
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.