noun \ˈhr, ˈhr\

Definition of WHORE

:  a woman who engages in sexual acts for money :  prostitute; also :  a promiscuous or immoral woman
:  a male who engages in sexual acts for money
:  a venal or unscrupulous person

Examples of WHORE

  1. <a historic district of the seaport that was once notorious for the whores who gathered there>
  2. <a society in which men commonly regard women as either Madonnas or whores>
  3. For writers, to blurb or not to blurb can be a tricky matter. … Blurb too often, or include too many blurbs on your book, and you might get called a blurb whore. —Rachel Donadio, New York Times Book Review, 17 Aug. 2008

Origin of WHORE

Middle English hore, from Old English hōre; akin to Old Norse hōra whore, hōrr adulterer, Latin carus dear — more at charity
First Known Use: before 12th century


verb \ˈhr, ˈhr\

Definition of WHORE

intransitive verb
:  to have unlawful sexual intercourse as or with a prostitute
:  to pursue a faithless, unworthy, or idolatrous desire
transitive verb
obsolete :  to corrupt by lewd intercourse :  debauch

Examples of WHORE

  1. Babe Ruth, who could cuss, guzzle and whore to outdo any sailor of legend, was also the most genial and accommodating of men. —Stephen Jay Gould, New York Times Book Review, 7 May 1989

Origin of WHORE

(see 1whore)
First Known Use: 1554


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