- The definition of lewd is offensive sexual behavior.
An example of lewd is an old man at a county fair leering at young girls.
- showing, or intended to excite, lust or sexual desire, esp. in an offensive way; lascivious
- unlearned; ignorant
- unprincipled; vicious
Origin of lewdMiddle English lewed ; from Old English læwede, lay, unlearned ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- a. Preoccupied with sex and sexual desire; lustful.b. Obscene; indecent.
- Obsolete Wicked.
Origin of lewdMiddle English leued, unlearned, lay, lascivious, from Old English l&aemac;wede, ignorant, lay.
(comparative lewder, superlative lewdest)
From Middle English leud, leued, lewed (â€œunlearned, lay, lasciviousâ€), from Old English lÇ£wede (â€œunlearned, ignorant, layâ€), of obscure origin; most likely a derivative of the past participle of lÇ£wan (â€œto reveal, betrayâ€) in the sense of "exposed as being unlearned" or "easily betrayed, clueless", from Proto-Germanic *lÄ“wijanÄ… (â€œto betrayâ€), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ“wÄ… (â€œan opportunity, causeâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *lÄ“w- (â€œto leaveâ€). Cognate with Old High German gilÄen, firlÄen (â€œto betrayâ€), Gothic ðŒ²ðŒ°ðŒ»ðŒ´ð…ðŒ¾ðŒ°ðŒ½ (galÄ“wjan, â€œto give over, betrayâ€), Gothic ðŒ»ðŒ´ð… (lÄ“w), ðŒ»ðŒ´ð…ðŒ° (lÄ“w, lÄ“wa, â€œan opportunity, causeâ€).