- ignorant, vile, AS.
l[=ae]wed laical, belonging to the laity.]
1. 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. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
So these great clerks their little wisdom show To mock the lewd, as learn'd in this as they. --Sir. J. Davies. [1913 Webster]
Too lewd to work, and ready for any kind of mischief. --Southey. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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