bawd

noun
\ ˈbȯd How to pronounce bawd (audio) \

Definition of bawd

1 obsolete : pander
2a : one who keeps a house of prostitution : madam

Examples of bawd in a Sentence

in the 17th century the port was a notorious hangout for Caribbean pirates and their bawds
Recent Examples on the Web Lewd women, bawds and adventuresses were not welcome in courts, nor were prostitutes or immoral characters. Clement Knox, Time, 4 Feb. 2020 Two rival madams—based on real historical characters—are fighting each other for a customer base: earthy bawd Mrs. Margaret Wells and elegant, conniving Mrs. Lydia Quigley. Viv Groskop, Newsweek, 21 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of bawd

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bawd

Middle English bawde

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“Bawd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bawd. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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