street·​walk·​er ˈstrēt-ˌwȯ-kər How to pronounce streetwalker (audio)
: prostitute
especially : one who solicits in the streets compare call girl
streetwalking noun

Examples of streetwalker in a Sentence

the streetwalkers and adult movie theaters that once populated the tenderloin have been replaced by upscale shoppers and expensive restaurants and boutiques
Recent Examples on the Web A week later, on Oct. 21, another streetwalker, Matilda Clover, was found in her room screaming in pain and wracked by seizures. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2021 Finally, a Cinderella for streetwalkers and gym rats! Jesse Green, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2023 The story begins with boys throwing rocks at one another and leering when one draws blood; its hallucinatory climax takes the title character on a streetwalker’s trip through Manhattan, with the face of one potential customer after another swimming up before her. Michael Gorra, The New York Review of Books, 8 Apr. 2021 Interestingly enough, the convoluted background story almost helps make sense of the thing, because Pretty Woman was originally written as a dark, gritty tale about a streetwalker's life. Debby Wolfinsohn,, 4 Jan. 2023 Also, Angel is a streetwalker who develops feelings for a new client, Stan, who has a loving wife, Patty. Toby Grey, BGR, 16 Sep. 2022 Roberts’ charm, vulnerability and beauty made the Cinderella story of a New York billionaire falling instantly in love with a Hollywood streetwalker seem somehow plausible on film. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 July 2022 Nana, published three years later, is the account of her zigzagging and ruinous ascent from streetwalker to courtesan during the last three years of the Second Empire. Namwali Serpell, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 The Midnight Cowboy–looking streetwalker offers back-alley back scratches for $11 a pop. Darren Franich,, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of streetwalker was in 1591

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“Streetwalker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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