Definition of bawdy house in English:

bawdy house


  • A brothel.

    • ‘We were going to look at… not just bawdy houses but the whole issue of solicitation, to look at reforming it.’
    • ‘The young women were charged with being inmates in a common bawdy house while the gents were charged as found-ins.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’’
    brothel, house of ill repute, house of prostitution
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