From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Bawdry or bawdiness as a genre in fiction is referred to as ribaldry.
- Obscene; filthy; unchaste.
- Of language: Sexual in nature and usually meant to be humorous but considered rude.
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-, *bʰlē- (“to inflate, swell”). Cognate with Old High German bald (“bold, bright”), Old English beald (“bold, brave, confident, strong”). More at bold.