Definitions

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

  • adj. Preoccupied with sex and sexual desire; lustful.
  • adj. Obscene; indecent.
  • adj. Obsolete Wicked.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lascivious, sexually promiscuous, rude.
  • adj. Lay; not clerical.
  • adj. Uneducated.
  • adj. Vulgar, common; typical of the lower orders.
  • adj. Base, vile, reprehensible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not clerical; laic; laical; hence, unlearned; simple.
  • adj. Belonging to the lower classes, or the rabble; idle and lawless; bad; vicious.
  • adj. Given to the promiscuous indulgence of lust; dissolute; lustful; libidinous.
  • adj. Suiting, or proceeding from, lustfulness; involving unlawful sexual desire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ignorant; unlearned; illiterate.
  • Lay, as opposed to clerical.
  • Rude; homely; uncultivated.
  • Worthless; useless.
  • Bad; vile; vicious; wicked.
  • Lustful; wanton; lascivious; libidinous.
  • Synonyms See list under lascivious.

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

  • adj. driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires
  • adj. suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

Etymologies

Middle English leued, unlearned, lay, lascivious, from Old English lǣwede, ignorant, lay.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English leud, leued, lewed ("unlearned, lay, lascivious"), from Old English lǣwede ("unlearned, ignorant, lay"), of obscure origin; most likely a derivative of the past participle of lǣwan ("to reveal, betray") in the sense of "exposed as being unlearned" or "easily betrayed, clueless", from Proto-Germanic *lēwijanan (“to betray”), from Proto-Germanic *lēwan (“an opportunity, cause”), from Proto-Indo-European *lēw- (“to leave”). Cognate with Old High German gilāen, firlāen ("to betray"), Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌻𐌴𐍅𐌾𐌰𐌽 (galēwjan, "to give over, betray"), Gothic 𐌻𐌴𐍅, 𐌻𐌴𐍅𐌰 (lēw, lēwa, "an opportunity, cause"). (Wiktionary)

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