One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Crude and offensive in a sexual way.‘she began to gyrate to the music and sing a lewd song’
vulgar, crude, smutty, dirty, filthy, obscene, pornographic, coarse, tasteless, indecorous, indelicate, off colour, unseemly, indecent, salacious, gross, disgusting, sordid, low, foul, vileView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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.
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