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 lǣwede ignorant, lay
(comparative lewder, superlative lewdest)
From Middle English leud, leued, lewed (“unlearned, lay, lascivious"), from Old English lÇ£wede (“unlearned, ignorant, lay"), of obscure origin; most likely a derivative of the past participle of lÇ£wan (“to reveal, betray") in the sense of "exposed as being unlearned" or "easily betrayed, clueless", from Proto-Germanic *lÄ“wijanÄ… (“to betray"), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ“wÄ… (“an opportunity, cause"), from Proto-Indo-European *lÄ“w- (“to leave"). Cognate with Old High German gilÄen, firlÄen (“to betray"), Gothic ðŒ²ðŒ°ðŒ»ðŒ´ð…ðŒ¾ðŒ°ðŒ½ (galÄ“wjan, “to give over, betray"), Gothic ðŒ»ðŒ´ð… (lÄ“w), ðŒ»ðŒ´ð…ðŒ° (lÄ“w, lÄ“wa, “an opportunity, cause").