Crossword clues for lewd
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Lewd \Lewd\ (l[=u]d), a. [Compar. Lewder (-[~e]r); superl. Lewdest.] [ OE. lewed, lewd, lay, ignorant, vile, AS. l[=ae]wed laical, belonging to the laity.]
Not clerical; laic; laical; hence, unlearned; simple.
For if a priest be foul, on whom we trust, No wonder is a lewed man to rust.
So these great clerks their little wisdom show To mock the lewd, as learn'd in this as they.
--Sir. J. Davies.
Belonging to the lower classes, or the rabble; idle and lawless; bad; vicious. [Archaic]
But the Jews, which believed not, . . . took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, . . . and assaulted the house of Jason.
--Acts xvii. 5.
Too lewd to work, and ready for any kind of mischief.
Given to the promiscuous indulgence of lust; dissolute; lustful; libidinous.
Suiting, or proceeding from, lustfulness; involving unlawful sexual desire; as, lewd thoughts, conduct, or language.
Syn: Lustful; libidinous; licentious; profligate; dissolute; sensual; unchaste; impure; lascivious; lecherous; rakish; debauched. -- Lewd"ly, adv. -- Lewd"ness, n.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English læwede "nonclerical," of uncertain origin but probably ultimately from Vulgar Latin *laigo-, from Latin laicus (see lay (adj.)). Sense of "unlettered, uneducated" (early 13c.) descended to "coarse, vile, lustful" by late 14c. Related: Lewdly; lewdness.
a. 1 lascivious, sexually promiscuous, rude. 2 (context obsolete English) lay; not clerical. 3 (context obsolete English) uneducated. 4 (context obsolete English) vulgar, common; typical of the lower orders. 5 (context obsolete English) base, vile, reprehensible.
Usage examples of "lewd".
I was not caught in the snares of professional lewd women, because not one of them was in my eyes as pretty as Bettina, but I did not resist so well the desire for that species of vain glory which is the reward of holding life at a cheap price.
Anger would then take the place of lewd desires, and after they had retired he would comfort himself by exchanging with me philosophical considerations.
Christmas tyme, or other vnreuerent persons at any other tyme, presume to come into the church vnreuerently playing their lewd partes, with scoffing, iesting, or rebaldry talke, and, if any such haue alredy offended herein, to present them and their names to the ordinary.
Small joy had he of that Lake of Ravary, caring for none of its beauties but mindful still of certain lewd bulks he had seen basking by its shores all through the golden afternoon.
The pompous man nudged Reyn in the side, a lewd smile plastered on his face.
She had been forced to perform attitudes, as made famous by Emma Hamilton, and sometimes lewd ones, skimpily dressed.
It was John Scripture, and he was assisted, from time to time, by an aged and lunatic father who, in his lucid intervals, would be let out from his captivity under the eaves of the lodge to putter amid the lewd topiarian extravagance of the hedges.
The scene taking a lewd turn, I placed myself in such a manner as to hide them from the view of my young friend, whom I led into the recess of a window.
The door opened, and the little drummer, looking like a rather lewd schoolteacher, came in brassily snapping her fingers.
Three brawny rogues who, scowling, fiercely eyed him, And with lewd gibes and mocking gestures plied him.
The portal creaked inward and faces peered out, sallow in the glow of cheap tallow dips, or brosy with drink and primed to proffer lewd comment.
The rust and dust of the Logan evening contained something lurid, something brothelly and lewd.
The respectable Cressida Mandeville, dead in a lewd costume after a lewd display at a lewd orgy.
Domestic mediocrity drove her to lewd fancies, marriage tenderness to adulterous desires.
Each of them has its panegyrist outside to buttonhole the passer-by and extol the lewd delights within.