One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Dealing with sexual matters in a comical way; humorously indecent.
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- ‘The cards revitalized older notions like the comic and dislocated aspects of sexuality which had once found expression in libertine literature, bawdy songs, and burlesque theater.’
- ‘They are inveterate gamblers, drink as much beer as their wages will permit, are devoted to bawdy jokes, and use probably the foulest language in the world.’
- ‘Interspersing songs with humorous anecdotes in which his bawdy humor and racy wit come into play, audiences never know what's going to happen when Kan Kan takes to the stage.’
- ‘Brothers and sisters should avoid one another in public and refrain from telling bawdy jokes or making sexual remarks in each other's presence.’
- ‘The uproarious, bawdy image of these parties is wholly at odds with the petite, soft-spoken 41-year-old divorcee who has masterminded it all.’
- ‘‘A bawdy broad, witty and intelligent, with a mouth like a sailor,’ is how Wise describes her.’
- ‘In orange and green spray paint that seems almost subtle next to the luminous signatures and bawdy slogans, a simple piece of graffiti is etched onto the wall of the off-license on a Hull estate.’
- ‘Her grandmother, Madame Duval from Paris (an English barmaid before ensnaring Evelina's grandfather), shows up and is a marvel of bawdy vulgarity.’
- ‘Publishers splashed sex and violence on risque covers and framed the stories themselves with bawdy advertisements.’
- ‘There is plenty of Shakespeare's bawdy humour too and the sexual innuendoes come thick and fast.’
- ‘If little has changed regarding governmental disapproval of bad language and bawdy behavior on TV and radio, things certainly are different for Penn these days.’
- ‘Now bawdy, saucy Bollywood is really getting some respect - and it's about time with the Bombay film industry churning out 1,000 feature films every year.’
- ‘Catcalls and lewd hooting spilled forth from the mouths of Chris' bawdy band mates.’
- ‘Temples, an amphitheatre, paved roads, toilets and bath houses are uniquely preserved, but it is the individual houses, some with simple mosaics, more than a few with bawdy Roman graffiti, that bring the history to life.’
- ‘Several mainstream game publishers are releasing bawdy games containing nudity and explicit sexual content.’
- ‘Its impressive, often striking visual design and broad, bawdy humour could best be described as an offbeat combination of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam and Wayne and Shuster.’
- ‘Still, it is risqué by American standards, with lots of sexy love scenes and bawdy humor.’
- ‘But a spinster living alone with an adult man would surely give rise to bawdy speculation among the locals.’
- ‘The bawdy bruiser they call Yogi, whose bear-like qualities extend beyond his physique, is almost embarrassed by the suggestion that beneath his comedic exterior lurks a consummate professional.’
- ‘For all its bawdy variety, however, Picasso's sexual imagination remains remarkably conventional.’
Humorously indecent talk or writing.
- ‘It has often been chosen as a school set text, due to its edifying subject and absence of bawdy, and has consequently retained an unfortunate aura of the classroom for many readers and commentators.’
- ‘It will be useful to re-establish first of all that Steele really did think of himself as an innovator, a propagandist for a new comedy, which was to replace Restoration bawdy on stage.’
- ‘As result of your reading did you form an opinion regarding the sincerity of the writer in an attempt to express an honest picture as opposed to mere bawdy?’
- ‘Though bawdy might be censured, it was never censored.’
- ‘Theaters reopened to comedy, bawdy, and romance.’
- ‘A mixture of passion, nostalgia, and masculine bawdy infuses the cult of youthful athleticism.’
- ‘Comedy, tragedy, love, death, the spiritual and the bawdy are all represented.’
- ‘His wonderful wit greatly delighted contemporary readers, most of whom were not worried by bawdy, though there were some who thought it inappropriate for a clergyman.’
- ‘If you go beyond bawdy and tear all the veils away, you get pornography and nothing else.’
Early 16th century: from bawd + -y.
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