1
a
: obscene, vulgar
lewd remarks
b
: sexually unchaste or licentious (see licentious sense 1)
lewd behavior
2
obsolete : evil, wicked
lewdly adverb
lewdness noun

Example Sentences

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 Hoover was charged with one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of an authority figure soliciting or engaging in lewd conduct with a student, the station reports. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2022 Till, a Black teenager, was murdered after Donham accused him of making lewd remarks and grabbing her at her family's store. Harold Maass, The Week, 10 Aug. 2022 Donham accused Till of grabbing her and making lewd remarks, leading to his gruesome death at the hands of her husband, Roy Bryant, and brother-in-law J.W. Milam. Darreonna Davis, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Another count involved lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim 12 years or older. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 21 Sep. 2022 The outlet also pointed out that two massage therapists also accused Favre of lewd texts. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 29 Sep. 2022 Prosecutors displayed a lewd image of a woman with a red ball gag in her mouth, appearing to sit on Paul Flores' bed. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 21 Sep. 2022 Sarver was suspended this week, plus fined $10 million, after an investigation showed a pattern of lewd, misogynistic, and racist speech and conduct during his 18 years as owner of the Suns. Tim Reynolds, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2022 Sarver was suspended this week, plus fined $10 million, after an investigation showed a pattern of lewd, misogynistic, and racist speech and conduct during his 18 years as owner of the Suns. CBS News, 16 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English lewed vulgar, from Old English lǣwede laical, ignorant

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Lewd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lewd. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

1
: showing interest in sex in a rude manner
lewd behavior
2
: indecent
lewd remarks
lewdly adverb
lewdness noun

Legal Definition

: involving or being sexual conduct that is considered indecent or offensive : licentious
convicted of lewd and lascivious assault upon a child National Law Journal
lewdly adverb
lewdness noun

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