\ ˈlüd How to pronounce lewd (audio) \

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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The man in custody was booked on suspicion of being drunk in public and violating his parole on charges of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Deputies break up fight in Vista; victim disappears while other man arrested," 4 May 2018 Williams is charged with meeting a minor to commit lewd conduct and lewd or lascivious acts with a minor younger than 14, according to court records. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "4 men charged with sexual misconduct involving 13-year-old Huntington Beach girl," 19 Apr. 2018 Moonves stepped down in September after at least 12 women came forward to accuse him of behavior that ranged from lewd comments to assault. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "CBS Is Donating $20 Million From Les Moonves' Severance Package to 18 Women's Organizations," 15 Dec. 2018 And the man authorities say is responsible allegedly cited President Donald Trump’s past lewd language about women. Allyson Chiu, The Seattle Times, "Man accused of groping woman on flight invokes Trump," 23 Oct. 2018 Dock has been charged with transmitting harmful material to a minor, lewd battery, and use of computer to lure a child, reported Fox 13. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "A Greyhound Bus Ticket Helped Police Find a Runaway Teen Allegedly Being Groomed to Be a "Sex Slave"," 8 Aug. 2018 The group's top leadership resigned in December following media reports that former executives had sent lewd emails about past winners. Author: Gina Cherelus, Anchorage Daily News, "Miss America pageant to end swimsuit competition," 5 June 2018 The report details lewd language and actions from Shooter, then a powerful Republican appropriations committee chairman with a party-animal reputation. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Women blast Don Shooter running for Arizona Legislature after harassment expulsion," 30 May 2018 Two of the four women went on record — Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam — to accuse Schneiderman of physical violence (that required medical attention) and lewd language. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Resigns Amid Horrific Physical-Abuse Allegations," 7 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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