When a lewd photo landed on Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter last week, the floodgates opened for racy reactions.
This was heralded as a way to stop children from being exposed to lewd and inappropriate content.
But the lewd undercurrent of that laughter was as useful as it was tasteless.
lewd images of American guards abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib stunned the world.
Elementary School in Los Angeles, has so far been charged with 15 counts of sexual abuse and lewd acts on a child.
Neither is ther need we should take any lewd men, for we may have honest men enew, &c.
I felt some pricks of shame at this lewd reference to my father.
The old man's smile continues to be lewd and benevolent; he is still not more interested in me than in the bare-armed woman.
Their humour was obscene and he was never at a loss for the lewd remark.
Priests, clarkes, and wedded men, Have her lewd pillow prest: Yet she the wonderous prize forsooth Must beare from all the rest.
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.