• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lewd suggestive of or tending to moral looseness "lewd whisperings of a dirty old man","an indecent gesture","obscene telephone calls","salacious limericks"
    • adj lewd driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires "libidinous orgies"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lewd Belonging to the lower classes, or the rabble; idle and lawless; bad; vicious. "But the Jews, which believed not, . . . took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, . . . and assaulted the house of Jason.""Too lewd to work, and ready for any kind of mischief."
    • Lewd Given to the promiscuous indulgence of lust; dissolute; lustful; libidinous.
    • Lewd Not clerical; laic; laical; hence, unlearned; simple. "For if a priest be foul, on whom we trust,
      No wonder is a lewed man to rust."
      "So these great clerks their little wisdom show
      To mock the lewd , as learn'd in this as they."
    • Lewd Suiting, or proceeding from, lustfulness; involving unlawful sexual desire; as, lewd thoughts, conduct, or language.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lewd Ignorant; unlearned; illiterate.
    • lewd Lay, as opposed to clerical.
    • lewd Rude; homely; uncultivated.
    • lewd Worthless; useless.
    • lewd Bad; vile; vicious; wicked.
    • lewd Lustful; wanton; lascivious; libidinous.
    • lewd Synonyms See list under lascivious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lewd lūd or lōōd lustful: unchaste: debauched: ignorant, vicious, or bad, so in B.adv. Lewd′ly
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  • John Cheever
    John Cheever
    “I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lewed, lewd, lay, ignorant, vile, AS. lǣwed, laical, belonging to the laity
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lǽwede, ignorant, belonging to the laity, the pa.p. of the verb lǽwan, to weaken.


In literature:

Ai Do had a normal, unbound foot, and had to listen to lewd insinuations levelled at her on this subject.
"The Fulfilment of a Dream of Pastor Hsi's" by A. Mildred Cable
His fat lips chew upon lewd expectations.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
It will be said that the Queen hath a very lewd Court and companionship.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
The tenements were overrun with lewd women who paid the police for protection and received it.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Did he ever approach you with lewd intent?
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The deliberate and dangerous lewdness of Defoe is one of the most deplorable things in letters.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
Spending it on lewd women like Bernhardt, I suppose.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
From wayward Nature, or lewd Poet's Rhimes?
"An Essay on Satire, Particularly on the Dunciad" by Walter Harte
This tale (besyde the blynde errour of suche foles) toucheth them, that handell theyr owne matters lewdly, and wyll entermedle in other mens.
"Shakespeare Jest-Books;" by Unknown
They see everywhere, even in the most innocent objects, the most lewd allusions.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel

In poetry:

To drink, to sing lewd ballads, and to whore,
To waste one's precious time, to play the thief,
To revel, riot, and oppress the poor,
Bring on disease, with ev'ry other grief.
"Advice To The Sick" by Rees Prichard
But while the desp'rate curse, while lewdness cries,
And shiftlessness ought justly to go bare,
Forget it not, full many a Lazarus lies
Before thy gate and needs a crumb of care.
"The Great Strike" by Albery Allson Whitman
With tales like these I will such heat inspire,
As to important mischief shall incline.
I'll make them long some ancient church to fire,
And fear no lewdness they're called to by wine.
"The Disabled Debauchee" by Lord John Wilmot
All these had on their garments wrought
The shape of beasts and creeping things,
The body that availeth not,
Flat backs of worms and veinèd wings,
And the lewd bulk that sleeps and stings.
"Aholibah" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
And now a maiden enter'd there,
With swelling breast, and body fair;
With footing firm she took her place,
And moved with stately, noble grace;
She did not walk in wanton mood,
Nor look around with glances lewd.
"Explanation Of An Ancient Woodcut" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
On marry'd Men, that dare be bad,
She thought no Mercy should be had;
They should be hang'd, or starv'd, or flead,
Or serv'd like Romish Priests in Swede.—
In short, all Lewdness She defy'd:
And stiff was her Parochial Pride.
"Paulo Purganti And His Wife: An Honest, But A Simple Pair" by Matthew Prior

In news:

Police, parents on alert after child's lewd encounter .
Police, parents on alert after child's lewd incident.
NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Favre has been fined $50,000 by the NFL for a "failure to cooperate" with the investigation into allegations he sent inappropriate messages and lewd photos to former New York Jets game-day hostess Jenn Sterger.
20-year-old Abdul Munem Jumaalkam appeared in court Monday for arraignment on felony charges of lewdness with a minor under 14.
Teacher sent lewd pictures to her students.
A man from Westerville, Ohio was charged with five felony counts of lewd acts with a child Thursday after allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl he met on Facebook six months ago.
Giovanni Baulo is charged with three counts of sexual assault, lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child.
Troopers say the warrant accuses him of two counts of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16.
Longview Police are working to find a suspect in several indecent exposure and lewd conduct incidents reported last night.
Police call it lewd acts.
He's lewd and he's nude — except for his running shoes.
Greenville County teacher quits for lewd photos.
La Jolla Fencing Coach Accused of Lewd Acts Pleads Not Guilty.
East Providence police respond to vandalism, lewd activity, breaking and entering.
When surgeons removed it, the lewd behavior and pedophilia faded away.