- 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 (“unlearned, lay, lascivious”), from Old English lǣwede (“unlearned, ignorant, lay”), of obscure origin; most likely a derivative of the past participle of lǣwan (“to reveal, betray”) in the sense of "exposed as being unlearned" or "easily betrayed, clueless", from Proto-Germanic *lēwijaną (“to betray”), from Proto-Germanic *lēwą (“an opportunity, cause”), from Proto-Indo-European *lēw- (“to leave”). Cognate with Old High German gilāen, firlāen (“to betray”), Gothic (galēwjan, “to give over, betray”), Gothic (lēw), (lēw, lēwa, “an opportunity, cause”).