Definition of lewd adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//luːd//
, also BrE//ljuːd//
; NAmE NAmE//luːd//
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referring to sex in a rude and offensive way synonym obscene lewd behaviour/jokes/suggestions Word OriginOld English lǣwede, of unknown origin. The original sense was ‘belonging to the laity’ (members of the church who are not clergy); in Middle English, ‘belonging to the common people, vulgar’, and later ‘worthless, vile, evil’, leading to the current sense.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lewd