bawd

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bawde, baude, noun form of Old French baud (bold, lively, jolly, gay), from Old Low Frankish *bald (bold, proud), from Proto-Germanic *balþaz (strong, bold), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel-, *bʰleh₁- (to inflate, swell). Cognate with Old High German bald (bold, bright), Old English beald (bold, brave, confident, strong). More at bold.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bawd (plural bawds)

  1. (now archaic or historical) A person who keeps a house of prostitution, or procures women for prostitution; a procurer, a madame.
    • 1717, Ned Ward, British Wonders:
      As Whores decay'd and past their Labours, / Turn Bawds, and so assist their Neighbours.
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, p. 76:
      Compared with their opponents, bawds and their associates increasingly had deeper pockets and greater confidence in manipulating the law.
  2. A lewd person.

Adjective[edit]

bawd (comparative more bawd, superlative most bawd)

  1. (obsolete) Joyous; riotously gay.

Verb[edit]

bawd (third-person singular simple present bawds, present participle bawding, simple past and past participle bawded)

  1. (archaic) To procure women for lewd purposes.

Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Compare Breton meud.

Noun[edit]

bawd m (plural bodiau)

  1. thumb

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
bawd fawd mawd unchanged