bawd

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bawd a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bawd A person who keeps a house of prostitution, or procures women for a lewd purpose; a procurer or procuress; a lewd person; -- usually applied to a woman.
    • v. i Bawd To procure women for lewd purposes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bawd A procurer or procuress; a person who keeps a house of prostitution, and conducts illicit intrigues: now usually applied only to women.
    • bawd To pander; act as procurer or procuress.
    • bawd To foul or dirty.
    • n bawd A hare.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bawd bawd a procurer or procuress of women for lewd purposes—fem. only since about 1700
    • n Bawd bawd (Shak.) a hare.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. baude, OF. balt, baut, baude, bold, merry, perh. fr. OHG. bald, bold; or fr. Celtic, cf. W. baw, dirt. Cf. Bold Bawdry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. a contr. of Baudrons.

Usage

In literature:

In the old O'Saku she had a bawd to her service.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Of auoutry, and specially of suche as ar bawdes to theyr wyues.
"The Ship of Fools, Volume 1" by Sebastian Brandt
Just wait, you son of a bawd!
"The Little Clay Cart" by (Attributed To) King Shudraka
Yet greedy bawd's command she curseth still, And doth, constrained, what you do of goodwill.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
Bawd coming at a distance.
"Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare
What, have I been bawd to his designs, his property only, a baiting place?
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
The heroine is Celestina, a bawd who helped them out of their troubles.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Bawding was a thing in which I could never hit the mark.
"The Old Man of the Mountain, The Lovecharm and Pietro of Abano" by Ludwig Tieck
His soul is the bawd to his body, and those that assist him in this nature the nearest to it.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
No more was I satisfied at contact with the coarse and bawd company that surrounded the table.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

And hark ye, Madam, cried the bawd,
None of your flights, your high-rope dodging;
Be civil here, or march abroad;
Oblige the 'squire, or quit the lodging.
"Chaste Florimel" by Matthew Prior
I'll tell of whores attacked, their lords at home,
Bawds' quarters beaten up, and fortress won,
Windows demolished, watches overcome,
And handsome ills by my contrivance done.
"The Disabled Debauchee" by Lord John Wilmot