\ ˈbȯ-dē How to pronounce bawdy (audio) \
bawdier; bawdiest

Definition of bawdy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : boisterously or humorously indecent bawdy jokes
2 : obscene, lewd a bawdy comedian



Definition of bawdy (Entry 2 of 2)

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bawdily \ ˈbȯ-​də-​lē How to pronounce bawdily (audio) \ adverb
bawdiness \ ˈbȯ-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce bawdiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of bawdy in a Sentence

Adjective a bawdy film that is not appropriate for children a bawdy comment about someone you work with could get you fired
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With over 212,000 followers on Facebook, Ms. Nyanzi mixes profanity and bawdy humor with razor-sharp political insights in both English and Luganda to taunt the president and his family and agitate for sociopolitical and economic change. Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times, "‘I Refuse to Be Repentant’: The Woman Challenging Uganda’s Ruler," 3 Apr. 2020 The Mexican band known as Los Strwck made a string of mother-in-law jokes into a bawdy cumbia song for the title song the group’s 1970 album. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "The Music Of 'Roma': Get Familiar With the Oscar-Nominated Film's Soundtrack," 22 Jan. 2019 After her husband cheats on her, Midge drunkenly does a bawdy comedy routine at a comedy club. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "TV shows you can watch to take your mind off coronavirus," 16 Mar. 2020 Albeit no stranger to brand deals, EDM has never seen a stunt as bawdy and obnoxiously lacking in self-awareness as KFC's Colonel Sander's impromptu DJ set and afterwards at least one thing is clear: PLUR does not include KFC. Helen Donahue, Billboard, "Colonel Sin: KFC's Ultra DJ Performance Was a Dystopian Nightmare, And a Warning for Brands Everywhere (Column)," 5 Apr. 2019 Hotels and ranches offered full calendars of entertainment including roulette lessons, singalongs, live music performances and even bawdy shows. Sofia Grant, Time, "How Reno Became 'the Divorce Capital of the World'—And Why That Reputation Faded," 14 Feb. 2020 In the early 2000s, bawdy Flash games were cultural currency. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Race to Save Flash Games from Internet Oblivion," 6 Feb. 2020 After speaking to the officers, the women were arrested and charged with keeping a bawdy place and possession of marijuana, WWBT reported. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Dunwoody man arrested, accused of sex trafficking 2 women in Virginia," 28 Jan. 2020 In his three previous trips to the fest as director, Jeff Baena has brought Sundancers offerings ranging from a heartfelt zombie love story (Life After Beth) to a winking take (The Little Hours) on bawdy 14th-century tales of nuns and priests. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Horse Girl': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 4 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here’s another reboot of an old MTV favorite, the bawdy dating game that starred Chris Hardwick and Jenny McCarthy. Jim Kiest,, "A guide to Quibi, the new streaming service for smartphones with TV show episodes of 10 minutes or less," 6 Apr. 2020 The film tries to replicate the formula that made Bridesmaids sing, pairing a heartfelt story exploring the complexities of female friendship with bawdy, over-the-top comedy. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Like a Boss is a female buddy comedy in need of a serious makeover: Review," 9 Jan. 2020 An army of chiding librarians seems to have arisen, tsk-tsk-ing the poor writer’s bawdy, outrageous imagination. Rachel Pearson, The New Yorker, "“The House of God,” a Book as Sexist as It Was Influential, Gets a Sequel," 25 Dec. 2019 Spiked with campy drag, and Naughty-List-worthy lyrics, the bawdy, British music hall take on Ebenezer's ghostly story is straight-up bubbly fun, instantly kicking you into higher spirits. oregonlive, "‘Scrooge in Rouge’ review: Triangle Productions dishes out Dickens classic with pure camp," 2 Dec. 2019 The video, directed by Andy Hines, is eye-catching, complete with cowboy hats, dyed furs, twerking backup dancers, and Lizzo showing off bawdy and her flute skills. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Lizzo Wows In 'Tempo' Video With Missy Elliott! Watch It Here!," 29 July 2019 The platform, which shares features in common with Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope, has become a way to exchange glimpses — often bawdy and free spirited — of ordinary lives in China. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "China Isn’t Happy About Its Newest Internet Stars: Teenage Moms," 6 Apr. 2018 Lawrence will readily admit to making a mistake or two, although her stories have more of a bawdy, good-time flavor. Laura Brown, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lawrence: Truth and Beauty," 7 Apr. 2016 Arianda must switch back and forth from playing a bawdy, swearing wannabe actress to a 19th-century seductress, pull off a British accent and hold her own against Broadway charmer Hugh Dancy. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Venus in Fur on Broadway: A Star is Born," 9 Nov. 2011

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First Known Use of bawdy


circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bawdy


bawd + -y entry 1


probably from bawdy entry 1

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“Bawdy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bawdy

: dealing with sex in a way that is meant to be funny

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