\ ˈwench How to pronounce wench (audio) \
plural wenches

Definition of wench

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 old-fashioned : a young woman or girl "… why not ask the wench's hand from her father, if thou hadst any honesty in thy love for her?"— Sir Walter Scott
2 archaic
a : a female servant a tavern wench
b : a girl or woman of a socially low class They replied that they had seen nobody leave but a young girl, very shabbily dressed, and who had more the air of a poor country wench than a gentlewoman.— Charles Perrault
3 archaic : a lewd or promiscuous woman : a female prostitute


wenched; wenching; wenches

Definition of wench (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to consort with lewd women especially : to practice fornication

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wencher noun

Synonyms for wench

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of wench in a Sentence

Noun a fairytale about the transformation of a lowly kitchen wench into an elegant lady
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cliff metes out even more punishment than is strictly called for, smashing one hippie wench’s face into hamburger, and Rick uses a prop from pre-hippie genre cinema to turn one of his attackers into a s’more. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Shocking Right-Wing Tinge of Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood," 13 Dec. 2019 Nothing says Christmas romance like jokes about douches, wenches, and medieval punishment. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Vanessa Hudgens felt the spirit (and the skunk of it all) on The Knight Before Christmas," 19 Nov. 2019 How did this land wench know the fearsome Captain Morgan? Alex Baia, The New Yorker, "Postmodernist Pirate Jokes," 9 Nov. 2019 Things get blurry when the two-step into character for the Faire, Emily as tavern wench Emma and Simon as dashing pirate Captain Leatherpants Blackthorne. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: September romances visit Victorian Oxford, a Renaissance Faire, Michelin restaurants, and more," 30 Sep. 2019 The adventures of this knight (Robert J. Townsend) and his squire, Sancho Panza (Jeffrey Landman), quickly crystallize around Quixote’s spellbound love for a wench of ill repute, Aldonza (Heidi Meyer). David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: SDMT’s stirring ‘Man of La Mancha’ delivers as it dares to dream the impossible," 29 Sep. 2019 The dotty house wench in 12 Years a Slave becomes Mufasa’s mate, Queen of the Pride Lands, and Simba’s mother. Armond White, National Review, "Fake Live-Action and a PC Agenda Ruin the New Lion King," 19 July 2019 Denbo is, obviously, delighted, and gives me tips on the best way to experience it, including: see a water wench show and indulge in all the delicious food but maybe skip the pizza. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "The Creator Of American Princess Wants To Take You To The Ren Fair & You Really Should Let Her," 8 June 2019 Behind her stand other wenches, their eyes downcast and pleading, their waists tied to one another with a leather strap. The Economist, "Pirates and #MeToo," 15 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Characters who are dead in one episode turn up in the next, cheerfully quaffing, wenching, or otherwise being very much not dead. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Why The Witcher Is Better Than Game of Thrones," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of wench


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wench


Middle English wenche, short for wenchel child, from Old English wencel; akin to Old High German wankōn to totter, waver and probably to Old High German winchan to stagger — more at wink

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The first known use of wench was in the 14th century

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20 Jan 2021

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“Wench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wench. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wench

old-fashioned + humorous : a young woman especially : a young woman who is a servant

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