Winchester goose

noun

Definition of Winchester goose

1 obsolete : a venereal disease causing a swelling in the groin
2 obsolete : a person infected with a venereal disease specifically : prostitute

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History and Etymology for Winchester goose

from Winchester, England; from the fact that in the 16th century the brothels of Southwark were under the jurisdiction of the bishop of Winchester

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“Winchester goose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Winchester%20goose. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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