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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)
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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.
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.
Her pronouncements of the disparity of obligation invite audiences to compare the statuses of wives to husbands and courtesans to bawds and clients to observe that there is little difference between the positions of women in either bond.
In many cases, the working women were close to indentured servants, paying off large debts to bawds or brothel keepers for the fine clothing, food, and wine that contributed to the experience for visitors.
The famous bawds Damarose Page and Madam Creswell petition the grand whore for protection and in The Gracious Answer of the Most Illustrious Lady of Pleasure (24 April 1668), "Castlemaine" promises redress for the "barbarity of those Rude Apprentices, and the cruel Sufferings that the Sisterhood was exposed unto.
st patrick st mark furnished with a stained mattress even the bawds of
A statute issued in 1561 under Elizabeth added that the university's officers "as well by day as by night, at their pleasure, might make scrutiny, search and inquisition, in the town and suburbs, and in Barnwell and Sturbridge [location of the biggest annual fair in England], for all common women, bawds, vagabonds, and other suspected persons .
These are incontrovertibly 'bawdy women' or 'bawds', so that bold, which was used by the dictionary along with gay to define bawd, is here occupying the same semantic territory as bawd.
The latter dominates, in any case, providing blunt insights ("I was desperate to please my father"), often crude laugh lines (she's closer in style than she'd like to think to such lounge-act bawds as Totie Fields and Sophie Tucker) and general whining that seems a tad depressing coating from a self-described 30-year activist and feminist theater vet.
Common whores who service numerous customers 'sell' (actually 'rent') their bodies out at a profit for their 'owners', pimps, or bawds.
There are plenty of bawds in background shots, but where are the women who lived with these underpaid workers and brought up their children?