Definition of lewd in US English:

lewd

adjective

  • Crude and offensive in a sexual way.

    ‘she began to gyrate to the music and sing a lewd song’
    • ‘It is now renowned for its booze cruises, clubs and lewd behaviour.’
    • ‘Do your sexual encounters place you in danger of arrest for lewd conduct or public indecency?’
    • ‘We do not endorse those who must resort to lewd suggestiveness in an attempt to create humor.’
    • ‘Each count involving lewd or lascivious acts carries potential prison time of three, six or eight years.’
    • ‘His dialogues border on the vulgar and the lewd and thanks to his ilk, we know why people look down upon the rustic.’
    • ‘Some of the narrative is overtly sexual, with a flash of lewd for good measure.’
    • ‘All lewd and indecent shows should be stopped and places that harbor prostitution should be closed down.’
    • ‘As Gilman points out, in a short story this would be the moment where she'd realize that the idol of her dreams was in fact a lewd creep.’
    • ‘He's probably getting a big kick out of manipulating you with his lewd suggestions.’
    • ‘They send their minions to incite and encourage lewd behaviour in attempts to take their cash.’
    • ‘Apart from other harassment, sexual assault and passing lewd remarks reign supreme.’
    • ‘Once the lewd photographs had been sent they were circulated among students and came to the attention of parents and fellow teachers.’
    • ‘She's accused of having lewd and lascivious conduct with one of her students.’
    • ‘Any local band can apply to play a set on stage, but organisers are warning acts that obscene lyrics and lewd behaviour are out of the question.’
    • ‘If parents are not there to discipline their youngsters, then who are next in line to discourage lewd behaviour?’
    • ‘The Management would like to apologize for the lewd and unsophisticated content of this post.’
    • ‘When he drank too much he would become abusive, and could also be lewd and crude.’
    • ‘Twelve viewers complained that one of the performances included lewd and offensive gestures.’
    • ‘They endured lewd jokes, taunting and unwelcome physical contact.’
    vulgar, crude, smutty, dirty, filthy, obscene, pornographic, coarse, tasteless, indecorous, indelicate, off colour, unseemly, indecent, salacious, gross, disgusting, sordid, low, foul, vile
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Origin

Old English lǣwede, of unknown origin. The original sense was ‘belonging to the laity’; in Middle English, ‘belonging to the common people, vulgar’, and later ‘worthless, vile, evil’, leading to the current sense.

Pronunciation

lewd

/lo͞od//lud/