meaning of bawdy

bawdy meaning in General Dictionary

Dirty foul said of clothes

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  • humorously vulgar
  • lewd or obscene talk or writing
  • Dirty; nasty; -- stated of garments.
  • Obscene; filthy; unchaste.

bawdy meaning in Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "soiled, dirty, filthy," from bawd + -y (2). Meaning "lewd" is from 1510s, from notion of "pertaining to or befitting a bawd;" usually of language (originally to chat bawdy). Bawdy Basket, the twenty-third ranking of canters, whom carry pins, tape, ballads and obscene books to market. [Grose, "Dictionary for the Vulgar Tongue," 1785] Associated: Bawdily; bawdiness.


bawdy meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Dirty; foul; -- stated of clothing.

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  • (a.) Obscene; filthy; unchaste.