bawd

  • 1 bawd´i|ly — bawd|y «B dee», adjective, bawd|i|er, bawd|i|est, noun. –adj. not decent; lewd; obscene. SYNONYM(S): indecent, unchaste. –n …

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  • 2 bawd|y — «B dee», adjective, bawd|i|er, bawd|i|est, noun. –adj. not decent; lewd; obscene. SYNONYM(S): indecent, unchaste. –n …

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  • 3 bawd — bawd·i·ly; bawd·i·ness; bawd·ry; bawd; …

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  • 4 Bawd — Bawd, n. [OE. baude, OF. balt, baut, baude, bold, merry, perh. fr. OHG. bald bold; or fr. Celtic, cf. W. baw dirt. Cf. {Bold}, {Bawdry}.] A person who keeps a house of prostitution, or procures women for a lewd purpose; a procurer or procuress; a …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Bawd — Bawd, v. i. To procure women for lewd purposes. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 bawd|ry — «B dree», noun. 1. obscenity; lewdness. 2. Archaic. the practice or occupation of a bawd. 3. Obsolete. unchastity; fornication …

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  • 7 bawd — /bawd/, n. 1. a woman who maintains a brothel; madam. 2. a prostitute. 3. Archaic. a procuress. [1325 75; ME bawde, n. use of MF baude, fem. of baud jolly, dissolute < WGmc; cf. OE bald BOLD] * * * …

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  • 8 bawd — a complicated word of uncertain history. First attested late 15c., lewd person (of either sex; since c.1700 applied only to women), probably from baude strote procurer of prostitutes (mid 14c.), which may be from M.E. bawde (adj.) merry, joyous,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 bawd — [bôd] n. [ME baude, lewd person < ? OFr baud, merry, licentious (< Frank bald, bold) > Fr baudet, donkey, also (in Picardy) loose woman] 1. Literary a person, now esp. a woman, who keeps a brothel; madam 2. Rare a prostitute …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 bawd — /bɔd/ (say bawd) noun 1. Archaic a procuress. 2. Archaic a female prostitute. 3. Obsolete a pimp. {Middle English bawde, ? from French baud merry, bold, of Germanic origin; compare Old English bald bold} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 11 bawd — /bod/ One who procures opportunities for persons of opposite sexes to cohabit in an illicit manner; who may be, while exercising the trade of a bawd, perfectly innocent of committing in his or her own proper person the crime either of adultery or …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 12 bawd — /bod/ One who procures opportunities for persons of opposite sexes to cohabit in an illicit manner; who may be, while exercising the trade of a bawd, perfectly innocent of committing in his or her own proper person the crime either of adultery or …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 13 bawd — noun Etymology: Middle English bawde Date: 14th century 1. obsolete pander 2. a. one who keeps a house of prostitution ; madam b. prostitute …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 bawd — noun /bɔd/ a) A person who keeps a house of prostitution, or procures women for a lewd purpose; a procurer or procuress; b) A lewd person …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 bawd — Synonyms and related words: fancy man, gigolo, harlot, hooker, madam, maquereau, meretrix, moll, nightwalker, pander, panderer, pimp, poule, procurer, procuress, streetwalker, white slaver, whore …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 bawd — Mawdesley Glossary bald …

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  • 17 bawd — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A woman who engages in sexual intercourse for payment: call girl, camp follower, courtesan, harlot, prostitute, scarlet woman, streetwalker, strumpet, tart2, whore. Slang: hooker, moll. Idioms: lady of easy virtue,… …

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  • 18 bawd — bɔːd n. woman who runs a brothel …

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  • 19 bawd —    the keeper of a brothel    Standard English, from the original meaning, dirt:     ... like sanctified and pious bawds The better to beguile. (Shakespeare, Hamlet)    Bawdy has many of the meanings of dirty1. A bawdy house is a brothel:     I… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 20 bawd — [bɔ:d] noun archaic a woman in charge of a brothel. Origin ME: shortened from obs. bawdstrot, from OFr. baudestroyt procuress , from baude shameless …

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