\ ˈlüd How to pronounce lewd (audio) \

Definition of lewd

1a : obscene, vulgar lewd remarks
b : sexually unchaste or licentious (see licentious sense 1) lewd behavior
2 obsolete : evil, wicked

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Other Words from lewd

lewdly adverb
lewdness noun

Examples of lewd in a Sentence

He made lewd remarks to the woman at the bar. bystanders were shocked by the lewd behavior of the couple in the park

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Suspicious activity, Somerset Lane The manager of an apartment complex reported on June 22 that a resident may have been performing a lewd act outside the building. Cheryl Higley, cleveland.com, "Man charged with assaulting Taco Bell employee: Avon Lake Police Blotter," 5 July 2019 Six months later, NBC News released an internal report that claimed no one in its leadership ranks knew about Lauer's allegedly lewd behavior. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Matt Lauer and Ann Curry left out of 'Today' show tribute," 21 June 2019 The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said 40-year-old Douglas Rivera entered the plea to one felony count of lewd act upon a child. Andy Nguyen, latimes.com, "Glendale pastor accused of sexually assaulting a minor is sentenced to 6 years in prison," 11 June 2019 The suit alleges a series of lewd comments and verbal harassment, which culminated in an incident around Jan. 24, 1993, when Harth attended a business meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club and estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Heather Timmons, Quartz, "Update: All 18 women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct," 24 June 2019 But the jury acquitted Winslow of another lewd conduct charge of masturbating in a hot tub next to her that same month. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Kellen Winslow headed to second rape trial in September, will remain in jail," 14 June 2019 On occasion, Pinori has to put up with lewd jokes from passersby. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "See where Leonardo da Vinci still walks the streets," 6 June 2019 Stephen Franks, 55, of the 1900 block of McCraren Road in Highland Park, recently was charged with lewd exposure to persons of adult age and disorderly conduct. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Highland Park man charged with lewd exposure at Rosewood Beach: police," 4 June 2019 And in February, while awaiting trial, authorities say Winslow twice committed lewd acts in front of a 77-year-old woman at a Carlsbad gym. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Closing arguments in Winslow II rape trial set for Tuesday," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of lewd

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for lewd

Middle English lewed vulgar, from Old English lǣwede laical, ignorant

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English Language Learners Definition of lewd

: sexual in an offensive or rude way


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Legal Definition of lewd

: involving or being sexual conduct that is considered indecent or offensive : licentious convicted of lewd and lascivious assault upon a childNational Law Journal

Other Words from lewd

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lewdness noun

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