Adjective "bawdy" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Dealing with sexual matters in a comical way; humorously indecent.
  1. 'Brothers and sisters should avoid one another in public and refrain from telling bawdy jokes or making sexual remarks in each other's presence.'
  2. 'The bawdy bruiser they call Yogi, whose bear-like qualities extend beyond his physique, is almost embarrassed by the suggestion that beneath his comedic exterior lurks a consummate professional.'
  3. 'The uproarious, bawdy image of these parties is wholly at odds with the petite, soft-spoken 41-year-old divorcee who has masterminded it all.'
  4. 'Several mainstream game publishers are releasing bawdy games containing nudity and explicit sexual content.'
  5. '‘A bawdy broad, witty and intelligent, with a mouth like a sailor,’ is how Wise describes her.'
  6. 'If little has changed regarding governmental disapproval of bad language and bawdy behavior on TV and radio, things certainly are different for Penn these days.'
  7. 'In orange and green spray paint that seems almost subtle next to the luminous signatures and bawdy slogans, a simple piece of graffiti is etched onto the wall of the off-license on a Hull estate.'
  8. 'The cards revitalized older notions like the comic and dislocated aspects of sexuality which had once found expression in libertine literature, bawdy songs, and burlesque theater.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'Her grandmother, Madame Duval from Paris (an English barmaid before ensnaring Evelina's grandfather), shows up and is a marvel of bawdy vulgarity.'


Humorously indecent talk or writing.
  1. '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.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'It has often been chosen as a school set text, due to its edifying subject and absence of bawdy, and has consequently retained an unfortunate aura of the classroom for many readers and commentators.'
  4. 'Comedy, tragedy, love, death, the spiritual and the bawdy are all represented.'


1. indecent; lewd; obscene: another of his bawdy stories. noun

2. coarse or indecent talk or writing; bawdry; bawdiness: a collection of Elizabethan bawdy.

More examples(as adjective)

"songs can be bawdy."

"jokes can be bawdy."

"houses can be bawdy."

"verses can be bawdy."

"trilogies can be bawdy."

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Early 16th century: from bawd + -y.