a person who keeps a house of prostitution, or procures women for a lewd purpose; a procurer or procuress; a lewd person; usually applied to a woman.
Origin: oe. Baude, OF. Balt, baut, baude, bold, merry, perh. Fr. OHG. Bald bold; or fr. Celtic, cf. W. Baw dirt. Cf. Bold, Bawdry.