\ 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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Other Words from bawdy


bawdily \ ˈbȯ-​də-​lē How to pronounce bawdy (audio) \ adverb
bawdiness \ ˈbȯ-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce bawdy (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 The outfit served bawdy, vibes, and lewks all at the same time—the fashion trifecta. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 7 July 2021 In fact, welcome back to all of you raucous, rowdy, wacky, wonderful, bawdy, beautiful, hugging, beer-chugging, Orlando City fans. Mike Bianchi,, 22 June 2021 With her bruising, bawdy and boastful rhymes, Young M.A, a Brooklyn native, is a New York M.C. in the grand tradition. New York Times, 17 June 2021 Even in this moving, bawdy, open-wound of a book, O’Connor’s motivations remain a jumble. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 It’s stupid, bawdy, low-stakes fun that knows its audience, always a virtue. Elle Carroll, Vulture, 20 May 2021 She’s her own sounding board, capable of filling endless time with off-the-cuff, bawdy talk, delivered in a Jersey accent. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 On the Vegas stage, Deborah’s style — bawdy, assertive, adroit — resembles a less self-deprecating Joan Rivers, a less shouty Sam Kinison. New York Times, 17 May 2021 Bob Fosse’s original 1972 production was dark and bawdy, with actors in harlequin makeup. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These days, however, the festival is more an excuse for the community of women to exchange bawdy jokes. CNN, 20 June 2021 Having women in top positions is a powerful antidote for bawdy bro cultures. Susan Antilla For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 27 May 2021 Now, in a film directed by George C. Wolfe and produced by Denzel Washington, Rainey’s bawdy honesty, and Wilson’s grand concept, have been hijacked to serve the bitter agenda of today’s racial-justice movement. Armond White, National Review, 1 Jan. 2021 The ancient city is well known for its bawdy graffiti, and thermopolia were likely not among its more refined establishments. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Dec. 2020 Persaud captures the gorgeous rhythms of Trinidadian speech and presents the bawdy humor, wit and buoyancy Trinis are known for. Naomi Jackson, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2020 Here’s another reboot of an old MTV favorite, the bawdy dating game that starred Chris Hardwick and Jenny McCarthy. Jim Kiest,, 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,, 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, 25 Dec. 2019

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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 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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