1. [syn: whorehouse, brothel, bordello, bagnio, house of prostitution, house of ill repute, bawdyhouse, cathouse, sporting house]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bawdyhouse \Baw"dy*house`\, n.
A house of prostitution; a house of ill fame; a brothel.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a building where prostitutes are available [syn:
whorehouse, brothel, bordello, bagnio, house of
prostitution, house of ill repute, bawdyhouse,
cathouse, sporting house]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
22 Moby Thesaurus words for "bawdyhouse":
bagnio, bordello, brothel, cathouse, crib, den, den of vice,
disorderly house, dive, house of assignation, house of joy,
house of prostitution, joint, panel den, panel house,
red-light district, sink of iniquity, sporting house, stew, stews,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
BAWDY-HOUSE, crim. law. A house of ill-fame, (q. v.) kept for the resort and
unlawful commerce of lewd people of both sexes.
2. Such a house is a common nuisance, as it endangers the public peace
by drawing together dissolute and debauched persons; and tends to corrupt
both sexes by an open profession of lewdness. 1 Russ. on Cr.; 299: Bac. Ab.
Nuisances, A; Hawk. B. 1, c. 74, Sec. 1-5.
3. The keeper of such a house may be indicted for the nuisance; and a
married woman, because such houses are generally kept by the female sex, may
be indicted with her husband for keeping such a house. 1 Salk. 383; vide
Dane's Ab. Index, h. t. One who assists in establishing a bawdyhouse is
guilty of a misdemeanor. 2 B. Monroe, 417.