from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Preoccupied with sex and sexual desire; lustful.
- adj. Obscene; indecent.
- adj. Obsolete Wicked.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Lascivious, sexually promiscuous, rude.
- adj. Lay; not clerical.
- adj. Uneducated.
- adj. Vulgar, common; typical of the lower orders.
- adj. Base, vile, reprehensible.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not clerical; laic; laical; hence, unlearned; simple.
- adj. Belonging to the lower classes, or the rabble; idle and lawless; bad; vicious.
- adj. Given to the promiscuous indulgence of lust; dissolute; lustful; libidinous.
- adj. Suiting, or proceeding from, lustfulness; involving unlawful sexual desire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ignorant; unlearned; illiterate.
- Lay, as opposed to clerical.
- Rude; homely; uncultivated.
- Worthless; useless.
- Bad; vile; vicious; wicked.
- Lustful; wanton; lascivious; libidinous.
- Synonyms See list under lascivious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires
- adj. suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
Middle English leued, unlearned, lay, lascivious, from Old English lǣwede, ignorant, lay.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English leud, leued, lewed ("unlearned, lay, lascivious"), from Old English lǣwede ("unlearned, ignorant, lay"), of obscure origin; most likely a derivative of the past participle of lǣwan ("to reveal, betray") in the sense of "exposed as being unlearned" or "easily betrayed, clueless", from Proto-Germanic *lēwijanan (“to betray”), from Proto-Germanic *lēwan (“an opportunity, cause”), from Proto-Indo-European *lēw- (“to leave”). Cognate with Old High German gilāen, firlāen ("to betray"), Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌻𐌴𐍅𐌾𐌰𐌽 (galēwjan, "to give over, betray"), Gothic 𐌻𐌴𐍅, 𐌻𐌴𐍅𐌰 (lēw, lēwa, "an opportunity, cause"). (Wiktionary)