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[baw-dee-hous] /ˈbɔ diˌhaʊs/
noun, plural bawdyhouses
[baw-dee-hou-ziz] /ˈbɔ diˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a brothel.
Origin of bawdyhouse
1545-55; bawdy + house Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • A more likely cause is the second story in the Letter, the visit to the bawdy house.

  • That a saloon with a sign reading "Family Entrance" on its side door invariably has a bawdy house upstairs.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
  • A long-faced virgin trapped in a bawdy house and calling in valiant tones for a glass of lemonade.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • A Tobacco shop and a bawdy house are coincident; for smoke is not without fire.

  • This means boarding-house life, shocking congestion and a rich harvest for saloon and bawdy house.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
  • "That was Belle Cora, who keeps that bawdy house up town," Nesbitt volunteered.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • Four engravings and at least six pamphlets, all focusing on the bawdy house story, were shortly in circulation.

British Dictionary definitions for bawdy house


an archaic word for brothel
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Contemporary definitions for bawdy house

a brothel, bordello


First, they had a beer at the bawdy house.

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