\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Superintendent in Marin County arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with a child under 14 years of age. Justin Ray Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 All five video files showed adults performing lewd acts on prepubescent boys, from approximately 1-2 years old up to approximately 12 years old, according to the charging documents. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 26 Feb. 2021 According to the District Attorney’s Office, Wakefield was convicted in 1981 of committing lewd acts with a minor under 14. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 May 2021 Last summer, for example, Mr. Musk took a seemingly lewd swipe at the Securities and Exchange Commission, which has sanctioned him over some of his tweets, triggering a warning from a Tesla investor, and a Musk response. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, 8 May 2021 Though the Elizabethans of Shakespeare’s time were down for lewd wordplay and suggestive winks in the text, stage depictions of physical intimacy were a step too far. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2021 Pilot Michael Haak is facing the charge of lewd, indecent and obscene exposure of his genitals in a public place in the U.S. District Court of Maryland. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Apr. 2021 Alas, the $14 billion Man struck out on free-agent targets George Springer and Trevor Bauer while enduring the embarrassing resignation of GM Jared Porter after revelations of Porter’s lewd harassment of a woman reporter. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 16 Feb. 2021 According to the affidavit, Gonzalez's criminal history includes numerous cases of indecent exposure and had been out on bond for lewd conduct outside a UTSA's student's room on campus. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2021

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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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The first known use of lewd was in the 14th century

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15 Jun 2021

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“Lewd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lewd. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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

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lewdly adverb
lewdness noun

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