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indecent; lewd; obscene:
another of his bawdy stories.
coarse or indecent talk or writing; bawdry; bawdiness:
a collection of Elizabethan bawdy.
Contemporary Examples

The show is roughly at the same level of raunchiness—or even its tamer sister, bawdiness—as a mid-rent gay club.
And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars Scott Bixby March 23, 2014

And despite the bawdiness of the soundtrack and script, Grease is light and breezy enough to cross generational gaps.
John Travolta: Sex Symbol Tricia Romano July 21, 2010

adjective bawdier, bawdiest
(of language, plays, etc) containing references to sex, esp to be humorous
obscenity or eroticism, esp in writing or drama

late 14c., “soiled, dirty, filthy,” from bawd + -y (2). Meaning “lewd” is from 1510s, from notion of “pertaining to or befitting a bawd;” usually of language (originally to talk bawdy).

Bawdy Basket, the twenty-third rank of canters, who carry pins, tape, ballads and obscene books to sell. [Grose, “Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,” 1785]

Related: Bawdily; bawdiness.


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