• WordNet 3.6
    • n bawdry lewd or obscene talk or writing "it was smoking-room bawdry","they published a collection of Elizabethan bawdy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bawdry Illicit intercourse; fornication.
    • Bawdry Obscenity; filthy, unchaste language. "The pert style of the pit bawdry ."
    • Bawdry The practice of procuring women for the gratification of lust.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bawdry The business of a bawd or procuress.
    • n bawdry Illicit intercourse; fornication.
    • n bawdry Obscenity; lewd language; smuttiness.
    • n bawdry Bawds collectively.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. baudery, OF. bauderie, balderie, boldness, joy. See Bawd


In literature:

Where you have studied the more thriving skill Of bawdry since.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
Well, I like a little innocent mirth myself, but never could endure bawdry.
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
Bawdry advanc'd upon my back?
"The False One" by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
He was primed with the letter-accounts; he made her dot her amorous I's and cross her bawdry T's.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
Bawdry's a virtue to't.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
I am sorry that Hamlet's line to the Player, "He's for a jig, or a tale of bawdry, or else he sleeps," has been cut out.
"Shakespeare in the Theatre" by William Poel
The city of Bristol is but a great house of bawdry.
"No Quarter!" by Mayne Reid