from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Risqué, coarse, or obscene language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice of procuring women for the gratification of lust.
  • n. Illicit intercourse; fornication.
  • n. Obscenity; filthy, unchaste language.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The practice of procuring women for the gratification of lust.
  • n. Illicit intercourse; fornication.
  • n. Obscenity; filthy, unchaste language.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The business of a bawd or procuress.
  • n. Illicit intercourse; fornication.
  • n. Obscenity; lewd language; smuttiness.
  • n. Bawds collectively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lewd or obscene talk or writing


Middle English bawdery, pandering, from bawd, bawd; see bawd.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • He has the prettiest _love-songs_ for maids; so without bawdry, which is strange; with such _delicate burdens_ of "dildos" and "fadings," "jump her and thump her"; ...

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  • Thus, Brooks lumps 1601 with Mark Twain's "bawdry," and interprets it simply as another indication of frustration.


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  • And if you would have your daughter riggish, bawdry and unclean, and a filthy speaker, and suchlike, bring her up in music and dancing and my life for yours, you have won the goal.

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  • Letters Swift wrote to his beloved "Stella" – Esther Johnson – and her companion, Rebecca Dingley, reveal in detail Swift's mixture of bawdry and baby talk.

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  • Regardless how the governor sought to insert notions of bawdry sin and frivolousness with “Las Vegas” and “Disneyland,” the route between LA and Las Vegas will not be made less congested thereby.

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  • Other than promoting scripted violence as a spectator sport, fielding accusations of steroid, drug, and sexual abuse among past "Super Stars", McMahon's credentials include wife of WWE's Chairman Vince McMahon, mother of two darling children, Shane and Stephanie, company nepotism at it's very best, all are executive officers and have extensive experience both inside and out of the ring promoting their brand of bawdry entertainment.

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  • It is no accident that the end of Restoration bawdry coincided precisely with the fullest flowering of literary sadism in England.

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  • Can an author with reason complain that he is cramped and shackled, if he is not at liberty to publish blasphemy, bawdry, or sedition? all which are equally prohibited in the freest governments, if they are wise and well regulated ones.

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  • (Soundbite of music) BARENAKED LADIES: (Singing) Come, sweet Audrey, we must be married or we must live in bawdry.

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