from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman who keeps a brothel; a madam.
- n. A woman prostitute.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who keeps a house of prostitution, or procures women for a lewd purpose; a procurer or procuress.
- n. A lewd person.
- adj. Joyous; riotously gay.
- v. To procure women for lewd purposes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person who keeps a house of prostitution, or procures women for a lewd purpose; a procurer or procuress; a lewd person; -- usually applied to a woman.
- intransitive v. To procure women for lewd purposes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A procurer or procuress; a person who keeps a house of prostitution, and conducts illicit intrigues: now usually applied only to women.
- To pander; act as procurer or procuress.
- To foul or dirty.
- n. A hare.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
Middle English, probably from Old French baud, merry, licentious, from Old Low German bald, bold, merry; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bawde, baude, noun form of Old French baud ("bold, lively, jolly, gay"), from Old Low Frankish *bald ("bold, proud"), from Proto-Germanic *balþaz (“strong, bold”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel-, *bʰlē- (“to inflate, swell”). Cognate with Old High German bald ("bold, bright"), Old English beald ("bold, brave, confident, strong"). More at bold. (Wiktionary)