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

Example Sentences

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

Word History


Middle English

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of strumpet was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Strumpet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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