\ 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)

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 Thornton was arrested again in June 2022 in another online chatting operation on charges of solicitation of prostitution and frequenting a bawdy place, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which reported on the police operation. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2022 For our family, Juneteenth isn’t about bawdy celebrations that can be monetized. Marisa Renee Lee, Vogue, 17 June 2022 Alexia’s plan to book her ideal wedding venue hits a snag; Lisa hosts a bawdy slumber party. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 But at what cost? Horn’s funny and bawdy book, Yazbek’s hilarious lyrics and Denis Jones’ choreography are the highlights of the show, presented by Broadway San Diego. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 Their personalities certainly differ—Musk can be brash and bawdy, while Agrawal keeps a low profile—but they’re bonded by a love for the technical and theoretical possibilities of their products. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2022 Aiming to bring back tourists, Moche’s mayor tapped the region’s past with a bawdy idea: Put up a giant replica of an erotic ceramic from the pre-Incan Moche civilization that once flourished in the area. Ryan Dube, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 Many are bawdy, hilarious, the sort of stuff Lego would never touch. Christopher Borrelli,, 25 Mar. 2022 Art, language, race and gender, folklore and politics are covered here, and Hurston is, by turn, provocative, funny, bawdy, informative and outrageous. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But all the actors are adept at the musical’s combination of dry, dark wit and bawdy humor. Charles Isherwood, WSJ, 9 June 2022 Come for the bawdy humor, and stay for the roll call of icons who make cameos throughout: RuPaul, Quentin Crisp, Robin Williams, and of course, the titular Julie Newmar. Marley Marius, Vogue, 4 June 2022 Better known for her work with the likes of Robert Redford (Quiz Show) and Whit Stillman (Barcelona), Schiff's bawdy script didn't generate much enthusiasm within Sorvino's camp. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2022 On this date in 1887 a reporter for The San Diego Union wrote an expose on San Diego’s vice that catalogued some 50 licensed saloons, 35 bawdy houses, three opium joints and a mysterious fortuneteller called Madam Coara. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2022 More than 3,000 visitors attended the first weekend of the bawdy gathering, indulging in two wild nights at one of Detroit’s signature winter events. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 17 Feb. 2022 Among Reitman's producing tasks on the project was trying to find a college prepared to host the bawdy film, which would eventually be shot at the University of Oregon. Clark Collis,, 15 Feb. 2022 White remained youthful in part through her skill at playing bawdy or naughty while radiating niceness. Arkansas Online, 1 Jan. 2022 Despite its bawdy-satiric tone—and an outrageous scene in which Tommy has a conversation with his love appendage—the show is firmly on the lovers' side. Tom Gliatto,, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 Oct. 2022.

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