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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 The actor was arrested after being suspected of committing a lewd act at a Hollywood adult theater. Jonathan Landrum Jr., BostonGlobe.com, "Fred Willard, the comedic improv-style actor, has died at 86," 16 May 2020 Marcotte engaged the boy in similar lewd behavior in four or five video conversations over the next 18 months via Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, the affidavit said. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Suspended priest arrested in Hamilton County sexual abuse case," 29 Oct. 2019 The abuse ranged from lewd behavior in front of victims to violent assaults,'' the report states. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "Bridgeport Diocese report on sex abuse among priests blames former Archbishop Edward Egan; nearly 300 individuals allegedly abused by 71 priests since 1953," 1 Oct. 2019 Besides the hitchhiker, homeless woman and unconscious woman, a jury in June also convicted him of exposing himself to a woman down his street in 2018 and lewd conduct involving another woman at a local gym in February 2019. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Prosecutor asks judge to throw book at ex-NFL star Kellen Winslow II over multiple sex crimes," 6 Feb. 2020 Soon Joseph began to make lewd comments, and his touch grew increasingly invasive. Tiffany Stanley, Woman's Day, "I Was Sexually Assaulted At Church: How the #ChurchToo Movement Saved Me," 14 Apr. 2020 Staggering drunkenly into the office one night with an entourage of partying sleazebags, Ford gropes Ashley for all to see and makes lewd comments. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Run This Town': Film Review," 6 Mar. 2020 The investigation was finally completed on March 27, finding that Rodney made lewd comments, failed to follow his no-contact order with Baerga during the investigation, and spoke with the media despite an order not to discuss the case with anyone. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Hartford police sergeant receives 35-day suspension in sexual harassment of LGBTQ liaison," 13 Sep. 2019 Winslow was found not guilty on the second of lewd conduct charge, his only acquittal of the 12 counts. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "You Never Knew Kellen Winslow Jr.," 13 June 2019

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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 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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