Definition of bawdy house in English:

bawdy house


  • A brothel.

    • ‘The young women were charged with being inmates in a common bawdy house while the gents were charged as found-ins.’
    • ‘‘Not going to happen,’ Jack answered calmly, ‘This isn't a bawdy house, you might keep them company but you don't go home with them.’’
    • ‘We were going to look at… not just bawdy houses but the whole issue of solicitation, to look at reforming it.’
    • ‘The District of Columbia, of course, was a garrison town and a transit point, with a plethora of saloons and bawdy houses to attract soldiers.’
    • ‘In the small town or extra-urban village, he hoped, women and children could be protected from the injurious influences of the city, with its bawdy houses, taverns, and pleasure gardens.’
    brothel, house of ill repute, house of prostitution
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