Lewd meaning

lo͝od
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Showing, or intended to excite, lust or sexual desire, esp. in an offensive way; lascivious.
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(obsolete) Wicked.
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The definition of lewd is offensive sexual behavior.

An example of lewd is an old man at a county fair leering at young girls.

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Lascivious, sexually promiscuous, rude.
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Southey.

Too lewd to work, and ready for any kind of mischief.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
lewd
Comparative
lewdest
Superlative
lewdest

Origin of lewd

  • Middle English leued unlearned, lay, lascivious from Old English lǣwede ignorant, lay

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

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary