Definition of indecently in English:



  • 1In a manner that does not conform with generally accepted standards of behaviour, especially in relation to sexual matters.

    ‘he is accused of indecently touching the girl’
    ‘they said guests at the party were indecently dressed’
    • ‘He was convicted of indecently exposing himself to three boys.’
    • ‘My daughter was, shall we say, treated indecently by her murderer.’
    • ‘Police have charged a man with indecently dealing with a child under 12 following an incident on Monday.’
    • ‘He was cleared of indecently assaulting the woman.’
    • ‘The girl alleges that while she was in his care he indecently interfered with her.’
    • ‘Police are hunting a man who indecently exposed himself to a woman in a churchyard.’
    • ‘He was convicted of indecently touching the breasts of three women patients during examinations.’
    • ‘The teenager claimed he had indecently assaulted her.’
    • ‘After showing some of them pornographic magazines and videos he then indecently abused them.’
    • ‘He strenuously denied that he has at any time behaved indecently towards any child in his charge.’
  • 2In an inappropriate or unfitting manner.

    ‘they believed that they were unjustly and indecently treated’
    • ‘There are bound to be plenty of indecently talented acts gracing the stage at this festival.’
    • ‘The festival's mix is indecently rich.’
    • ‘This led to indecently hasty conclusions to priority championships.’
    • ‘Have you ever seen any college girl dressed indecently or provocatively?’
    • ‘The general sentiment was 'make love, not war' - though it was more indecently expressed.’
    • ‘They had always been close; almost indecently close.’
    • ‘She wore an indecently sexy blue wrap dress.’
    • ‘They are indecently rich.’
    • ‘I'm blogging this link almost indecently quickly, but it's a gem.’
    • ‘Jenny's an indecently beautiful, ambitious girl.’