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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prostitute, cocotte, whore, harlot, bawd, tart, cyprian, fancy woman, working girl, sporting lady, lady of pleasure, woman of the streetnoun

    a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money


  1. bawdnoun

    A person who keeps a house of prostitution, or procures women for a lewd purpose; a procurer or procuress.

  2. bawdnoun

    A lewd person.

  3. bawdadjective

    Joyous; riotously gay.

  4. Etymology: From bawde, baude, noun form of baud, from Old Low *, from balþaz, from bʰel-. Cognate with bald, beald. More at bold.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BAWDnoun

    A procurer, or procuress; one that introduces men and women to each other, for the promotion of debauchery.

    Etymology: baude, old Fr.

    If your worship will take order for the drabs and the knaves, you need not to fear the bawds. William Shakespeare, Measure for Meas.

    This commodity,
    This bawd, this broker, this all changing word,
    Hath drawn him from his own determin’d aid. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    Our author calls colouring lena sororis, the bawd of her sister design; she dresses her up, she paints her, she procures for the design, and makes lovers for her. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

  2. To Bawdverb

    To procure; to provide gallants with strumpets.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Leucippe is agent for the king’s lust, and bawds, at the same time, for the whole court. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 266.

    And in four months a batter’d harridan;
    Now nothing’s left, but wither’d, pale, and shrunk,
    To bawd for others, and go shares with punk. Jonathan Swift.


  1. bawd

    Prostitution is the business or practice of engaging in sexual activity in exchange for payment. The definition of "sexual activity" varies, and is often defined as an activity requiring physical contact (e.g., sexual intercourse, non-penetrative sex, oral sex, etc.) with the customer. The requirement of physical contact also creates the risk of transferring diseases. Prostitution is sometimes described as sexual services, commercial sex or, colloquially, hooking. It is sometimes referred to euphemistically as "the world's oldest profession" in the English-speaking world. A person who works in this field is called a prostitute, or more inclusively, a sex worker. Prostitution occurs in a variety of forms, and its legal status varies from country to country (sometimes from region to region within a given country), ranging from being an enforced or unenforced crime, to unregulated, to a regulated profession. It is one branch of the sex industry, along with pornography, stripping, and erotic dancing. Brothels are establishments specifically dedicated to prostitution. In escort prostitution, the act may take place at the client's residence or hotel room (referred to as out-call), or at the escort's residence or a hotel room rented for the occasion by the escort (in-call). Another form is street prostitution. There are about 42 million prostitutes in the world, living all over the world (though most of Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa lack data, studied countries in that large region rank as top sex tourism destinations). Estimates place the annual revenue generated by prostitution worldwide to be over $100 billion.The majority of prostitutes are female and have male clients.The position of prostitution and the law varies widely worldwide, reflecting differing opinions. Some view prostitution as a form of exploitation of or violence against women, and children, that helps to create a supply of victims for human trafficking. Some critics of prostitution as an institution are supporters of the "Nordic model" that decriminalizes the act of selling sex and makes the purchase of sex illegal. This approach has also been adopted by Canada, Iceland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, France and Sweden. Others view sex work as a legitimate occupation, whereby a person trades or exchanges sexual acts for money. Amnesty International is one of the notable groups calling for the decriminalization of prostitution.


  1. bawd

    A bawd is a person, typically a woman, who engages in or organizes illegal sexual activities; a madam or a prostitute. Historically, it was often used to refer to someone who manages a brothel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bawdnoun

    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

  2. Bawdverb

    to procure women for lewd purposes

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bawd

    bawd, n. a procurer or procuress of women for lewd purposes—fem. only since about 1700.—n. Bawd′ry.—adj. Bawd′y, obscene, unchaste, filthy.—n. Bawd′y-house, a brothel. [Perh. abbrev. from Bawd′strot, a word for a pander, now obsolete, derived from O. Fr. baldestrotbald, gay, and perh. the Teut. root found in strut.]

  2. Bawd

    bawd, n. (Shak.) a hare. [Perh. a contr. of Baudrons.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bawd in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bawd in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
    • A. monish
    • B. abet
    • C. abrade
    • D. descant

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