bawdy

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

bawd +‎ -y.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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

  1. (obsolete) Soiled, dirty. [from 14th Century]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VI:
      Thou stynkyst all of the kychyn – thy clothis bene bawdy of the grece and talow.
  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).
Last modified on 10 April 2014, at 04:02