(comparative more bawd, superlative most bawd)
- (obsolete) Joyous; riotously gay.
(third-person singular simple present bawds, present participle bawding, simple past and past participle bawded)
- (archaic) To procure women for lewd purposes.
From Middle English bawde, baude, noun form of Old French baud (“bold, lively, jolly, gay”), from Old Low Frankish *bald (“bold, proud”), from Proto-Germanic *balþaz (“strong, bold”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel-, *bʰlē- (“to inflate, swell”). Cognate with Old High German bald (“bold, bright”), Old English beald (“bold, brave, confident, strong”). More at bold.