Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Humorously coarse; risqué.
  • adj. Vulgar; lewd.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sexual in nature and usually meant to be humorous but considered rude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dirty; foul; -- said of clothes.
  • adj. Obscene; filthy; unchaste.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Obscene; lewd; indecent; unchaste.
  • Dirty; filthy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. humorously vulgar
  • n. lewd or obscene talk or writing

Etymologies

bawd +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At first Roger had loved what he called her bawdy sense of humor and her sexuality.

    So Hard To Forget

  • This bibliography is an essential resource for those interested in bawdy songlore in English, French, German and a few other languages thrown in.

    Another Day in the Ketchup Mine

  • Some called bawdy greetings to the Maiden, or stared around these once-forbidden precincts.

    Conan and The Mists of Door

  • It's been described as bawdy — the heroine is a prostitute — but this novel of 19th-century England is about class, medicine, manners and hypocrisy.

    Historical British Novels

  • He was ready to talk about anything with anybody who shoved along; he had a fund of naughty tropical stories for the so-called bawdy section, and could be as sympathetic and pious as you please with a contrite youngster suffering from last night's debauch.

    South Wind

  • In another room the so-called bawdy section, presided over by the dubious Mr. Hopkins, were discussing topics not adapted to polite ears.

    South Wind

  • But she keeps an assembly, which, I believe, if you was to call a bawdy-house, you would not misname it.

    Amelia — Volume 3

  • Loudoun County authorities revoked business licenses from two massage parlors over the past week as part of an ongoing investigation targeting "bawdy" places in the county.

    Two more Sterling massage parlors lose licenses

  • But -- it was obvious what it was, and the kind of bawdy slang I've seen deaf people use.

    MY KNEES (PART TWO -- SURGERY AND REHAB)

  • Do you delight in filthy pictures or "bawdy" songs?

    Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet

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