a woman who maintains a brothel; madam.
Archaic. a procuress.
If your worship will take order for the drabs and the knaves, you need not to fear the bawds.
Measure for Measure William Shakespeare
All that seems wanting to complete the list is that we should turn pimps and bawds.
The Robbers Friedrich Schiller
Where are the mothers that play the bawds to their own daughters?
The Visions of Dom Francisco de Quevedo Villegas Dom Francisco de Quevedo
All fortune-tellers are bawds, and, for that reason, are so much followed by people of fashion.
The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Volume I Tobias Smollett
The allusion to Tarsia suggests some notice of the practice of the Roman bawds when they had secured a virgin.
The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
Ladies who employ men in the offices which should be reserved for their sex, are they not bawds in effect?
Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson
He consists of double beer and fellowship, and his vices are the bawds of his thirst.
Character Writings of the 17th Century Various
a person who runs a brothel, esp a woman
a complicated word of uncertain history. First attested late 15c., “lewd person” (of either sex; since c.1700 applied only to women), probably from baude-strote “procurer of prostitutes” (mid-14c.), which may be from Middle English bawde (adj.) “merry, joyous,” from Old French baud “gay, licentious” (from Frankish bald “bold” or some such Germanic source). It would not be the first time a word meaning “joyous” had taken on a sexual sense. The sense evolution shading from “bold” to “lewd” is not difficult; cf. Old French baudise “ardor, joy, elation, act of boldness, presumption;” baudie “elation, high spirits,” fole baudie “bawdry, shamelessness.” The Old French word also is the source of French baudet “donkey,” in Picardy dialect “loose woman.”
The second element in baude-strote would be trot “one who runs errands,” or Germanic *strutt (see strut). But OED doubts all this. There was an Old French baudestrote, baudetrot of the same meaning (13c.), and this may be the direct source of Middle English baude-strote. The obsolete word bronstrops “procuress,” frequently found in Middleton’s comedies, probably is an alteration of baude-strote.
a brothel. noun an archaic word for brothel
- Bawdy house
a brothel. Historical Examples A more likely cause is the second story in the Letter, the visit to the bawdy house. A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope Colley Cibber That a saloon with a sign reading “Family Entrance” on its side door invariably has a bawdy house upstairs. The American Credo George Jean […]
bawk An Awk-like pattern-matching language by Bob Brodt, distributed with MINIX. (1994-11-28)
to cry or wail lustily. to utter or proclaim by outcry; shout out: to bawl one’s dissatisfaction; bawling his senseless ditties to the audience. to offer for sale by shouting, as a hawker: a peddler bawling his wares. a loud shout; outcry. a period or spell of loud crying or weeping. Chiefly Midland and Western […]