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Definitions for bawdry
ˈbɔ dribawd·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bawdry, bawdynoun

    lewd or obscene talk or writing

    "it was smoking-room bawdry"; "they published a collection of Elizabethan bawdy"


  1. bawdrynoun

    The practice of procuring women for the gratification of lust.

  2. bawdrynoun

    Illicit intercourse; fornication.

  3. bawdrynoun

    Obscenity; filthy, unchaste language.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bawdrynoun

    Etymology: contracted from bawdery, the practice of a bawd.

    Cheating and bawdry go together in the world. Roger L'Estrange.

    Pr’ythee, say on; he’s for a jig, or a tale of bawdry, or he sleeps. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    I have no salt: no bawdry he doth mean:
    For witty, in his language, is obscene. Ben Jonson.

    It is most certain, that barefaced bawdery is the poorest pretence to wit imaginable. Dryden.


  1. bawdry

    Ribaldry or blue comedy is humorous entertainment that ranges from bordering on indelicacy to indecency. Blue comedy is also referred to as "bawdiness" or being "bawdy". Sex is presented in ribald material more for the purpose of poking fun at the foibles and weaknesses that manifest themselves in human sexuality, rather than to present sexual stimulation either overtly or artistically. Also, ribaldry may use sex as a metaphor to illustrate some non-sexual concern, in which case ribaldry borders satire. Like any humour, ribaldry may be read as conventional or subversive. Ribaldry typically depends on a shared background of sexual conventions and values, and its comedy generally depends on seeing those conventions broken. The ritual taboo-breaking that is a usual counterpart of ribaldry underlies its controversial nature and explains why ribaldry is sometimes a subject of censorship. Ribaldry, whose usual aim is not "merely" to be sexually stimulating, often does address larger concerns than mere sexual appetite. However, being presented in the form of comedy, these larger concerns may be overlooked by censors. Ribaldry differs from black comedy in that the latter deals with topics which would normally be considered painful or frightening, whereas ribaldry deals with topics that would only be considered offensive.


  1. bawdry

    Bawdry refers to obscene, lewd, or indecent language or behavior, often with a strong connotation of vulgarity and immorality. It can also be used to describe a person who engages in such behavior, particularly someone involved in sexual immorality or prostitution.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bawdrynoun

    the practice of procuring women for the gratification of lust

  2. Bawdrynoun

    illicit intercourse; fornication

  3. Bawdrynoun

    obscenity; filthy, unchaste language

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bawdry in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bawdry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1


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