lewd

adjective
\ 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 John Adolph Lentz, 63, of Mesquite was taken into custody Monday on three counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of possession of lewd material depicting a child. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 15 June 2021 The court upheld Matthew Fraser’s suspension for using lewd language in a speech at a school assembly. Chelsea Sheasley, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 June 2021 Top executives traded lewd comments about male virility at company events and online. New York Times, 1 Sep. 2021 The minor’s family sought $1.5 million from Massey for intentional infliction of emotional distress, harmful matter sent with intention of seducing a minor, attempting to commit a lewd act with a minor, and annoying or molesting a minor. Charu Sinha, Vulture, 12 July 2021 Massey was sued for $1.5 million for intentional infliction of emotional distress, harmful matter sent with intention of seducing a minor, attempting to commit a lewd act with a minor, and annoying or molesting a minor. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, 30 June 2021 The superintendent of a Marin County school district was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of commiting a lewd act with a child, authorities said. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 June 2021 Haak was charged in April with intentionally committing a lewd, indecent or obscene act in a public place, a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail. Michael Kunzelman, USA TODAY, 29 May 2021 Cuomo’s departure comes one week after a damning probe conducted by the state’s attorney general accused the outgoing governor of subjecting women to unwanted advances — including groping, kissing and lewd comments — as well as retaliation. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 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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13 Oct 2021

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“Lewd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lewd. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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lewd

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lewd

: sexual in an offensive or rude way

lewd

adjective
\ ˈlüd How to pronounce lewd (audio) \

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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