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Risqué, coarse, or obscene language.

[Middle English bawdery, pandering, from bawd, bawd; see bawd.]


archaic obscene talk or language


(ˈbɔ dri)

2. Archaic. lewdness.


1. Archaic. the practice or occupation of being a bawd or procurer.
2. Obsolete, fornication or unlawful intercourse.
See also: Sex
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bawdry - lewd or obscene talk or writing; "it was smoking-room bawdry"; "they published a collection of Elizabethan bawdy"
dirty word, vulgarism, obscenity, smut, filth - an offensive or indecent word or phrase


Something that is offensive to accepted standards of decency:
Slang: raunch.
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But in this world, simple walking is a Cockaigne miracle, like honest usury and pious bawdry.
17) This was a common feature of Poel's edits and as Claris Glick notes, such prudishness extended also to his Shakespearean productions: "Little of Shakespeare's bawdry escapes his pencil" (17).
Indeed, even before he took up the Burns Fellowship, Baxter had decided that bawdry was the weapon to wield against Otago's emasculating academics.
But the discussions of the head covering and masturbation end in hilarious bawdry, similar to the condom business in the men's rest room on the way to Washington.
I hope Shoolbraid's remark, cit is a great pity that Buchan chose to swell out his thin volume with erotica and near-erotica of a blatantly English cast, when he might well have made a desirable anthology of native bawdry - which was at that time all around him' (p.
He was a pioneer in the movement against Restoration wit and bawdry which later became synonymous with Jeremy Collier.
50) Having criticised Sterne's bawdry in his preface, though, Griffith also emulated it within his own narrative--as when Mr Beville views Ethelinda naked, or in an episode towards the end of The Triumvirate, which sees Mr Carewe massaging the leg of Mrs Seawell overmuch.
The bawdry of this Anglican minister's work is a reminder that the English nation's official Christianity is incompatible with polite taste: a too-polite education may "stop up all the passage to our hearts" (Sterne, 4.
Although well beyond the present concerns, the semantics of vertical puns, heavily charged with sexual undercurrents, may point to the fact that the paradigmatic organization of puns was calculated as a convenient strategy to covertly communicate the bawdry to the audience.