Bawdry
Bawdry Bawd"ry, n. [OE. baudery, OF. bauderie, balderie, boldness, joy. See {Bawd}.] 1. The practice of procuring women for the gratification of lust. [1913 Webster]

2. Illicit intercourse; fornication. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Obscenity; filthy, unchaste language. ``The pert style of the pit bawdry.'' --Steele. [1913 Webster]


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  • bawdry — obscenity, late 14c., probably from O.Fr. bauderie boldness, ardor, elation, pride (see BAWD (Cf. bawd)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bawdry — [bô′drē] n. [ME & OFr bauderie, gaiety: see BAWD] 1. lewd language; bawdiness 2. Archaic the occupation of a bawd …   English World dictionary

  • bawdry — noun lewd or obscene talk or writing it was smoking room bawdry they published a collection of Elizabethan bawdy • Syn: ↑bawdy • Derivationally related forms: ↑bawdy (for: ↑bawdy) …   Useful english dictionary

  • bawdry — noun Etymology: Middle English bawderie, from bawde Date: 15th century 1. obsolete unchastity 2. suggestive, coarse, or obscene language …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bawdry — /baw dree/, n. 1. Archaic. lewdness; obscenity; bawdiness. 2. Obs. a. the business of a prostitute. b. illicit intercourse; fornication. [1350 1400; ME bawdery. See BAWD, ERY] * * * …   Universalium

  • bawdry — noun a) The practice of procuring women for the gratification of lust. for the conversation (if it may be called so) was seldom such as could entertain a lady. It consisted chiefly of hallowing, singing, relations of sporting adventures, b d y,… …   Wiktionary

  • bawdry — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Something that is offensive to accepted standards of decency: dirt, filth, obscenity, profanity, ribaldry, scatology, smut, vulgarity. Slang: raunch. See DECENT …   English dictionary for students

  • bawdry — beɪbɪɪʃ n. lewdness, obscenity, coarseness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bawdry — noun obscenity in speech or writing …   English new terms dictionary

  • bawdry — n. 1. Pandering, playing pimp or procuress. 2. Fornication, whoredom, whoring, lechery, licentiousness, illicit intercourse. 3. Obscenity, impurity, lewd talk, smut, indecency, filthy language …   New dictionary of synonyms

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