\ 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Her ex-boyfriend posted lewd photos of her online without her knowledge, along with her name, hometown, and Facebook photo. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2022 Till calling on authorities in Mississippi to arrest the woman who falsely accused the 14-year-old Black boy of lewd conduct in 1955, leading to his abduction and lynching. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 30 June 2022 Kiesle, who was defrocked from the Catholic priesthood in 1987, had pleaded no contest in 1978 to lewd conduct for tying up and molesting two boys at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Union City. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2022 After Mississippi’s top legal official shared there will be no plans to prosecute Carolyn Bryant Donham, the white woman who accused Emmett Till of making lewd comments, now an unpublished memoir by her has come under the spotlight. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 19 July 2022 But arrest records showed he was taken into custody on suspicion of meeting or attempting to meet a minor for lewd purposes. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 July 2022 Donham testified in court that Till also grabbed her and made a lewd comment. CBS News, 30 June 2022 Harris was ultimately found guilty in November 2016 of three counts of murder and two counts of cruelty to children for Cooper's death as well as three counts relating to his electronic exchanges of lewd material with two underage girls. Amir Vera, CNN, 22 June 2022 The court upheld convictions against Harris related to his exchanging lewd text messages and photos to an underage girl. Bill Rankin, ajc, 22 June 2022 See More

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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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“Lewd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lewd. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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

lewdly adverb
lewdness noun

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