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wench

noun \ ˈwench \
Updated on: 28 Mar 2018

Definition of wench

1 a : a young woman : girl
b : a female servant
2 : a lewd woman : prostitute

Examples of wench in a Sentence

  1. a fairytale about the transformation of a lowly kitchen wench into an elegant lady

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Origin and Etymology of 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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wench

verb

Definition of wench

: to consort with lewd women; especially : to practice fornication

wencher

noun

First Known Use of wench

1590

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Definition of wench for English Language Learners

  • : a young woman; especially : a young woman who is a servant



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