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[baw-dee] /ˈbɔ di/
adjective, bawdier, bawdiest.
indecent; lewd; obscene:
another of his bawdy stories.
coarse or indecent talk or writing; bawdry; bawdiness:
a collection of Elizabethan bawdy.
Origin of bawdy
1505-15; bawd + -y1
Related forms
bawdily, adverb
bawdiness, noun
1. lascivious, salacious, prurient, earthy, risqué, ribald, coarse, licentious, raunchy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bawdy
  • At any moment, it seemed, their chorus of belly laughs and bawdy one-liners could give way to a belching contest.
  • His political and social commentary catered to the bawdy tastes of the time.
  • His voice turns gravelly as bawdy humor infuses the colorful tale of a salty dog long married to the sea and its adventures.
  • Email me an example with a wicked witch, an evil gnome, or a bawdy satyr hiding in that tiny forest.
  • Other illustrations reflect the same bawdy sensibility.
  • In this bawdy musical, a prince is pressured to procreate in order to keep his kingdom going.
  • Tricksters have a reputation for being bawdy, antisocial, and clever.
  • Witty, sometimes bawdy, skater names and costuming lend an air of performance to the sport.
  • She was dark and weird, sad and bawdy-a modern hotchpotch with some richly anachronistic ingredients.
  • We received hundreds of springy limericks from bawdy to beatific.
British Dictionary definitions for bawdy


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

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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