Definition of bawdy in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈbôdē/

adjective (bawdier, bawdiest)

Dealing with sexual matters in a comical way; humorously indecent.
Example sentences
  • Brothers and sisters should avoid one another in public and refrain from telling bawdy jokes or making sexual remarks in each other's presence.
  • ‘A bawdy broad, witty and intelligent, with a mouth like a sailor,’ is how Wise describes her.
  • 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.
pornographic, obscene, vulgar, crude, coarse, lewd, dirty, filthy, smutty, unseemly, salacious, prurient, lascivious, licentious, X-rated, blue, raunchy
euphemistic adult


Humorously indecent talk or writing.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Theaters reopened to comedy, bawdy, and romance.



Pronunciation: /ˈbôdəlē/
Example sentences
  • Amanda had suggested bawdily that this might be a decision which she could make well worth his while.
  • Douglas Wootton dramatises this bawdily rollicking ditty to perfection, down to the last nudge and wink.
  • Helen and Paris enter; she implores Pandarus to sing a song of love, which he later sings bawdily.


Pronunciation: /ˈbôdēnis/
Example sentences
  • May impropriety and bawdiness grow and flourish and evolve into lusty, heartfelt words to shake the very foundations of those scared by language.
  • Pedro Almodovar's homage to women and their complexities is a drama filled with bawdiness, tenderness and raw emotion.
  • This verse from his poem ‘Caller Oysters’ shows his bawdiness and irreverence as well as his humour.

Words that rhyme with bawdy

gaudy, Geordie, Lordy

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: bawd·y

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.