bawd


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bawd

 (bôd)
n.
1. A woman who keeps a brothel; a madam.
2. A woman prostitute.

[Middle English, probably from Old French baud, merry, licentious, from Old Saxon bald, bold, merry; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

bawd

(bɔːd)
n
1. (Professions) a person who runs a brothel, esp a woman
2. (Professions) a prostitute
[C14: shortened from Old French baudetrot, from baude feminine of baud merry + trot one who runs errands; compare Old High German bald bold]

bawd

(bɔd)

n.
1. a woman who maintains a brothel; madam.
2. a prostitute.
[1325–75; Middle English bawde, n. use of Middle French baude, feminine of baud jolly, dissolute < Germanic; compare Old English bald bold]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bawd - a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for moneybawd - a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
call girl - a female prostitute who can be hired by telephone
camp follower - a prostitute who provides service to military personnel
comfort woman, ianfu - a woman forced into prostitution for Japanese servicemen during World War II; "she wrote a book about her harsh experiences as a comfort woman"
demimondaine - a woman whose sexual promiscuity places her outside respectable society
hustler, slattern, street girl, streetwalker, floozie, floozy, hooker - a prostitute who attracts customers by walking the streets
white slave - a woman sold into prostitution
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"

bawd

noun
A woman who engages in sexual intercourse for payment:
Slang: hooker, moll.
Idioms: lady of easy virtue, lady of pleasure, lady of the night.
Translations

bawd

(archaic) [bɔːd] Nalcahueta f

bawd

n (= brothel keeper)Bordellwirtin f, → Puffmutter f (inf)
References in classic literature ?
Indeed this resemblance would be exact, was it not that the bawd hath an interest in what she doth, and the father, though perhaps he may blindly think otherwise, can, in reality, have none in urging his daughter to almost an equal prostitution.
But there it was, love, disorganizing men's and women's lives, driving toward destruction and death, turning topsy-turvy everything that was sensible and considerate, making bawds or suicides out of virtuous women, and scoundrels and murderers out of men who had always been clean and square.
Holiness in Angelo and carnival in Lucio are overdone, which reminds one that this word is prompted by Shakespeare himself since he chose it as the name for one of the characters in this play: Mistress Overdone--a bawd, a keeper of the brothel.
Fe gasawn y gwaith o dynnu'r gIau a'r man esgyrn o'r cig a bys a bawd, a chan nad oeddwn yn hoff o'r bron ni chymerwn fawr o sylw o'r broses, ond eithriad oeddwn i.
Pistol survives only to resort to a life of bawd and cutpurse in London (5.
15) The brief description of Mistress Blunt as a bawd is a mix of metaphors including childbirth, purchase, and battle.
Nid yr un trafferthus o rolio o gwmpas gan wasgu'ch bys a'ch bawd a'i weld yn loncian am dro cylchog o flaen eich llygaid.
These hordes should be massing outside known benefit cheats' subsidised homes or addressing with loud-hailers those single mothers who claim to be living alone when they are shacking-up with passing fancies - bed and bawd indeed.
It's why I always watch the annual booze and bawd fest that is the British Comedy Awards - and why it's still the best gong-giving do of the year.
Unfortunately, however, the bad priest was not restricted to the comic bawd of the narrative imagination and appeared, rather more tragically, in many real-life manifestations: Torquemada, for example, was by no means unique--nor could he have acted alone--in his cruel and dreadful zeal.
Entry forms must be submitted to the Bys yr Bawd shop in town 36 hours before the show.
Grimaldi's lasciviousness is shown the moment he enters the stage for the first time in the play; his first words are, "Thy mother for a bawd or, if thou hast / A handsome one, thy sister for a whore