An example of lewd is an old man at a county fair leering at young girls.
Too lewd to work, and ready for any kind of mischief.
Other Word Forms
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").