- 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: Middle English lewed from Old English læwede, lay, unlearned from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
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adjective lewd·er, lewd·est
- a. Preoccupied with sex and sexual desire; lustful.b. Obscene; indecent.
- Obsolete Wicked.
Origin: Middle English leued, unlearned, lay, lascivious, from Old English lǣwede, ignorant, lay.
- lewdˈly adverb
- lewdˈness noun