Other Word Forms of Lewd
Origin of Lewd
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 gilāen, firlāen (“to betray"), Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌻𐌴𐍅𐌾𐌰𐌽 (galÄ“wjan, “to give over, betray"), Gothic 𐌻𐌴𐍅 (lÄ“w), 𐌻𐌴𐍅𐌰 (lÄ“w, lÄ“wa, “an opportunity, cause").
Middle English leued unlearned, lay, lascivious from Old English lǣwede ignorant, lay
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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