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bawdy

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EtymologyEdit

bawd +‎ -y.

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AdjectiveEdit

bawdy (comparative bawdier or more bawdy, superlative bawdiest or most bawdy)

  1. (obsolete) Soiled, dirty. [from 14th Century]
    • 1485, Syr Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Bk.VII, Ch.v:
      whanne he had ouertaken the damoysel / anone she sayd what dost thow here / thou stynkest al of the kechyn / thy clothes ben bawdy of the greece and talowe that thou gaynest in kyng Arthurs kechyn
  2. Obscene; filthy; unchaste. [from 15th Century]
  3. (of language) Sexual in nature and usually meant to be humorous but considered rude.

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ReferencesEdit

  • bawdy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).