An example of bawdy is a joke about private parts or sex that is too lewd for children.
He knew when to get slightly bawdy, and was smart enough not to go over the line.
Elizabethan plays were often bawdy and the audiences were rowdy!
A cd full of soul and guts and bawdy wonderment and rhythm.
There are many levels of humorous cards you can send, from light wit to bawdy jokes.
In America, however, the term was used for a variety show involving broad comedy and sometimes bawdy content, such as striptease.