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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: bawd 'woman who works in or runs a brothel' (14-19 centuries), perhaps from Old French baude 'confident and cheerful'

bawdy

adjective
     
bawd‧y
bawdy songs, jokes, stories etc are about sex and are funny, enjoyable, and often noisy:
a bawdy new play
bawdiness noun [uncountable]

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