strumpet

noun
strum·​pet | \ ˈstrəm-pət How to pronounce strumpet (audio) \
plural strumpets

Definition of strumpet

old-fashioned, usually disparaging
: a female prostitute EMILIA. Fie, fie upon thee, strumpet! / BIANCA. I am no strumpet, but of life as honest / As you that thus abuse me.— William Shakespeare … the networks aired at least half a dozen TV movies featuring prostitutes as heroines. Farrah Fawcett, Loni Anderson and Ann Jillian were among those who played strumpets.— Leah Rozen

Examples of strumpet in a Sentence

the portrait painter's muse for the goddess of love was apparently a common strumpet

First Known Use of strumpet

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strumpet

Middle English

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“Strumpet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strumpet. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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strumpet

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English Language Learners Definition of strumpet

old-fashioned + offensive : a woman who has sex with men for money or who has sex with many men

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