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Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːdi

Definition of bawdy in English:

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.


[mass noun] Back to top  
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.


early 16th century: from bawd + -y1.



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.


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.

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