Lewd Lewd (l[=u]d), a. [Compar. {Lewder} (-[~e]r); superl. {Lewdest}.] [{OE}. lewed, lewd, lay, ignorant, vile, AS. l[=ae]wed laical, belonging to the laity.] 1. Not clerical; laic; laical; hence, unlearned; simple. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

For if a priest be foul, on whom we trust, No wonder is a lewed man to rust. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

So these great clerks their little wisdom show To mock the lewd, as learn'd in this as they. --Sir. J. Davies. [1913 Webster]

2. Belonging to the lower classes, or the rabble; idle and lawless; bad; vicious. [Archaic] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

But the Jews, which believed not, . . . took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, . . . and assaulted the house of Jason. --Acts xvii. 5. [1913 Webster]

Too lewd to work, and ready for any kind of mischief. --Southey. [1913 Webster]

3. Given to the promiscuous indulgence of lust; dissolute; lustful; libidinous. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. Suiting, or proceeding from, lustfulness; involving unlawful sexual desire; as, lewd thoughts, conduct, or language. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Lustful; libidinous; licentious; profligate; dissolute; sensual; unchaste; impure; lascivious; lecherous; rakish; debauched. -- {Lewd"ly}, adv. -- {Lewd"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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