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bawdier; bawdiest
: boisterously or humorously indecent
bawdy jokes
: obscene, lewd
a bawdy comedian
bawdily adverb
bawdiness noun


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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
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But the series never quite loses the bawdy energy that defines it from the offset and is inspired by the art, irreverent humor and colorful language of the Jacobean era. Elaina Patton, NBC News, 5 Apr. 2024 The addictive, oh-so gossipy seven-part standalone series is one bawdy affair with numerous bodies in all sorts of action. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 Mary’s scheme is one that yields, for the viewer, plenty of wicked and bawdy pleasures. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Apr. 2024 Jennifer Lawrence stars in this bawdy Sony comedy, about a 30-something goofball hired to seduce a naïve 19-year-old boy. Devan Coggan,, 22 June 2023 As with Harvey’s best songs, the poems were variously dirty, bloody, bawdy, and moving, depending on the theme. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 8 Nov. 2023 Danan's signature bawdy humor and heart explode off every page in this enemies-to-lovers tale that captures The Mummy vibes. Ew Staff,, 13 Sep. 2023 The opportunity to hear his proudly secular — and sometimes bawdy — music on the same stage as the Blind Boys’ rousing songs of devotion should not be missed. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2024 Big, bawdy, political, serious and very fun, the show opened to rapturous reviews. Luis G. Rendon, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024
Lear and Yorkin brought Sanford and Son, based on another British series and starring bawdy Las Vegas stand-up Redd Foxx as a junkman, to NBC. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Dec. 2023 These queens are giving bawdy and face at the 2023 VMAs. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 12 Sep. 2023 Topping his previous bawdy extremes, Rodrigues dares a graphic duet in which Alfredo and Afonso recite racial fetishes that confess each man’s own self-image. Armond White, National Review, 31 May 2023 An adults-only holiday tradition, the show spins the beloved story ballet into a fantastical burlesque journey, complete with leather and lace, whips and tassels, and a big dose of bawdy humor. Globe Staff,, 8 Dec. 2022 While director and producer Ben DeLaCreme attempts a more traditional take, two-time Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon is hellbent on crafting a bawdy, boozy, iconoclastic show. Andrew Walsh,, 5 Dec. 2022 The aftermath of that $8 spoof offers a potentially costly lesson for Musk, who has long treated Twitter as a playground for bawdy jokes and trolls but now must find a way to operate as a business following his $44 billion takeover. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2022 And while there are plenty of salacious and scandalous details that are unearthed in the book, Larkin doesn’t dwell in the bawdy. Seth Combscontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2022 But all the actors are adept at the musical’s combination of dry, dark wit and bawdy humor. Charles Isherwood, WSJ, 9 June 2022

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Word History



bawd + -y entry 1


probably from bawdy entry 1

First Known Use


circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bawdy was circa 1513

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“Bawdy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


bawdier; bawdiest
: morally objectionable : obscene

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