\ˈlüd \

Definition of lewd 

1 obsolete : evil, wicked

2a : sexually unchaste or licentious (see licentious sense 1) lewd behavior

b : obscene, vulgar lewd remarks

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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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An investigation into a child pornography ring in Indiana in the late 1990s led to Rosser’s arrest in Thailand in 2000 on charges of lewd behavior and possession of pornographic materials. Amy Beth Hanson, The Seattle Times, "First-ever child porn suspect on FBI list pleads guilty," 16 Oct. 2018 The alleged misconduct ranged from lewd comments and groping to rape. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "Renowned former drum corps leader charged with sex assault," 13 Nov. 2018 Hughett made lewd comments to the bunny, then took a ride on the carousel, police said. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Intoxicated Ohio woman arrested after making lewd comments to Easter Bunny, police say," 27 Mar. 2018 Anderson is charged with lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "2 Boise men are accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl," 11 June 2018 Samantha Holvey, who participated in the 2006 Miss USA pageant, told CNN that Trump made lewd comments about the contestants. refinery29.com, "Trump, Who's Been Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 19 Women, Mocks Rape Survivors At Rally," 6 July 2018 This is, after all, a 23-year-old who just last month was fined more than $15,000 for simulating a lewd act during a match. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "Kyrgios tells it like it is after 42-ace Wimbledon victory," 3 July 2018 On arrival, officers learned that a man had performed a lewd act on a child under 14, police said. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Man, 66, arrested, suspected of molesting a child at a hotel pool," 13 July 2018 Investigators also found that Shooter made lewd comments to Mi-Ai Parrish, the former president and publisher of The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Women blast Don Shooter running for Arizona Legislature after harassment expulsion," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of lewd

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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