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bawdy

[baw-dee] /ˈbɔ di/
adjective, bawdier, bawdiest.
1.
indecent; lewd; obscene:
another of his bawdy stories.
noun
2.
coarse or indecent talk or writing; bawdry; bawdiness:
a collection of Elizabethan bawdy.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; bawd + -y1
Related forms
bawdily, adverb
bawdiness, noun
Synonyms
1. lascivious, salacious, prurient, earthy, risqué, ribald, coarse, licentious, raunchy.
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British Dictionary definitions for bawdiness

bawdy

/ˈbɔːdɪ/
adjective bawdier, bawdiest
1.
(of language, plays, etc) containing references to sex, esp to be humorous
noun
2.
obscenity or eroticism, esp in writing or drama
Derived Forms
bawdily, adverb
bawdiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bawdiness

bawdy

adj.

late 14c., "soiled, dirty, filthy," from bawd + -y (2). Meaning "lewd" is from 1510s, from notion of "pertaining to or befitting a bawd;" usually of language (originally to talk bawdy).

Bawdy Basket, the twenty-third rank of canters, who carry pins, tape, ballads and obscene books to sell. [Grose, "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1785]
Related: Bawdily; bawdiness.

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