lewd
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ljuːd/
  • (America) IPA: /lud/
Adjective

lewd (comparative lewder, superlative lewdest)

  1. Lascivious, sexually promiscuous, rude.
    • 2014 August 11, , "Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Comedian, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide ↗," New York Times
      Onstage he was known for ricochet riffs on politics, social issues and cultural matters both high and low; tales of drug and alcohol abuse; lewd commentaries on relations between the sexes; and lightning-like improvisations on anything an audience member might toss at him.
  2. (obsolete) Lay; not clerical.
    • So these great clerks their little wisdom show / To mock the lewd, as learn'd in this as they.
  3. (obsolete) Uneducated.
  4. (obsolete) Vulgar, common; typical of the lower orders.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Acts 17:5 ↗:
      But the Jews, which believed not, […] took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, […] and assaulted the house of Jason.
    • Too lewd to work, and ready for any kind of mischief.
  5. (obsolete) Base, vile, reprehensible.
Translations Verb

lewd (lewds, present participle lewding; past and past participle lewded)

  1. To get high on quaalude.
  2. To express lust; to behave in a lewd manner.



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