Bawd Definition

bôd
bawds
noun
bawds
A person, now esp. a woman, who keeps a brothel; madam.
Webster's New World
A prostitute.
Webster's New World
adjective

(obsolete) Joyous; riotously gay.

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verb

(archaic) To procure women for lewd purposes.

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Other Word Forms of Bawd

Noun

Singular:
bawd
Plural:
bawds

Origin of Bawd

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English probably from Old French baud merry, licentious from Old Saxon bald bold, merry bhel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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