adjective Etymology: Middle English lewed vulgar, from Old English lǣwede laical, ignorant Date: 14th century 1. obsolete evil, wicked 2. a. sexually unchaste or licentious b. obscene, vulgarlewdly adverblewdness noun

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  • Lewd — (l[=u]d), a. [Compar. {Lewder} ( [ e]r); superl. {Lewdest}.] [{OE}. lewed, lewd, lay, ignorant, vile, AS. l[=ae]wed laical, belonging to the laity.] 1. Not clerical; laic; laical; hence, unlearned; simple. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] For if a priest be …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lewd — / lüd/ adj: involving or being sexual conduct that is considered indecent or offensive: licentious convicted of lewd and lascivious assault upon a child National Law Journal lewd·ly adv lewd·ness n …   Law dictionary

  • lewd — lewd; lewd·ly; lewd·ness; lewd·ster; …   English syllables

  • lewd — [lu:d] adj [: Old English; Origin: lAwede not a priest, knowing nothing ] using rude words or movements that make you think of sex ▪ lewd comments >lewdly adv >lewdness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lewd — [ lud ] adjective referring to sex in a rude or unpleasant way …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lewd — (adj.) O.E. læwede nonclerical, of uncertain origin but probably ultimately from V.L. *laigo , from L. laicus (see LAY (Cf. lay) (adj.)). Sense of unlettered, uneducated (early 13c.) descended to coarse, vile, lustful by late 14c. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lewd — lustful, lascivious, libidinous, lecherous, wanton, *licentious, libertine Analogous words: *immoral, unmoral, amoral: gross, *coarse, obscene: indecent, indelicate (see INDECOROUS) Antonyms: chaste Contrasted words: decent, pure, modest (see… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lewd — [adj] vulgar, indecent bawdy, blue, coarse, erotic, fast*, filthy*, foul mouthed, gross*, hardcore*, immodest, immoral, improper, impure, in bad taste, incontinent, indelicate, lascivious, lecherous, libertine, libidinous, licentious, loose*,… …   New thesaurus

  • lewd — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ crude and offensive in a sexual way. DERIVATIVES lewdly adverb lewdness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «belonging to the laity», later «belonging to the common people, vulgar»: from Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • lewd — [lo͞od] adj. [ME lewed < OE læwede, lay, unlearned < ?] 1. showing, or intended to excite, lust or sexual desire, esp. in an offensive way; lascivious 2. Obs. a) unlearned; ignorant b) unprincipled; vicious lewdly adv. lewdness n …   English World dictionary

  • lewd — [[t]lju͟ːd, AM lu͟ːd[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone s behaviour as lewd, you are critical of it because it is sexual in a rude and unpleasant way. Drew spends all day eyeing up the women and making lewd comments. Derived… …   English dictionary

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