\ 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

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The conviction for rape stands, as do the two misdemeanor charges of which the jury convicted him: indecent exposure for flashing a 57-year-old-neighbor and lewd act targeting a 77 year old at a Carlsbad gym. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DA to retry Kellen Winslow II on rape, kidnapping and other charges," 14 June 2019 The president is no stranger to vulgar language, including lewd remarks about women. NBC News, "Trump: Why hasn't TBS fired Samantha Bee for Ivanka insult?," 1 June 2018 That was just days after reports surfaced that her husband had made lewd remarks years earlier about grabbing women by the genitals. Darlene Superville, latimes.com, "First lady's jacket asks a pointed question," 21 June 2018 In one case, Taniguchi said, a female reporter in her 30s at a national newspaper reported that the police chief at the location where she was assigned repeatedly made lewd remarks to her, and that fellow reporters were aware but tolerated them. Washington Post, "Survey: Japanese female journalists report sexual misconduct," 21 May 2018 Additionally, 10 women have told The Chronicle that Weinstein, 68, who took charge of the restaurant group when Hallowell stepped away, also subjected them to inappropriate touching, propositions and lewd remarks. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "New allegations suggest Oakland chef Charlie Hallowell was long aware of harassment charges," 11 Mar. 2018 Allegations against Schumacher, detailed in the Wall Street Journal, include harassment, inappropriate comments and compliments, and openly lewd remarks. NBC News, "Disney theatrical’s Thomas Schumacher accused of harassment," 21 Feb. 2018 The man in custody was booked on suspicion of being drunk in public and violating his parole on charges of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Deputies break up fight in Vista; victim disappears while other man arrested," 4 May 2018 Williams is charged with meeting a minor to commit lewd conduct and lewd or lascivious acts with a minor younger than 14, according to court records. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "4 men charged with sexual misconduct involving 13-year-old Huntington Beach girl," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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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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