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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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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 Kyrgios is back in hot water after he was seen performing an imitation of a lewd act at the change of ends during his Queen’s semi-final loss. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Current Form or Past Slam Performance a Better Indicator of Success in Majors?," 27 June 2018 David is additionally accused of a lewd act against a child and perjury, for allegedly lying about his children’s schooling. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, "House of Horrors Siblings Had Stunted Growth, 'Low Cognition,' 'Severe Skeletal Abnormalities'," 21 June 2018 The man exposed himself and performed a lewd act in front of the girl, police said. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "Man who exposed himself to 10-year-old girl is sought by Independence police," 14 June 2018 For some it was even perceived permission to make lewd comments and even mock me. Kira Kazantsev, Time, "'After #MeToo, Miss America Had to Change': A Former Winner on Saying Goodbye to the Swimsuit Competition," 6 June 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

lewdly adverb
lewdness noun

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