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Definition of wench

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a young woman : girl
b : a female servant
2 : a lewd woman : 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 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 The heads of the five Mummers divisions — string bands, fancy brigades, wench brigades, comics and fancies — voted 3-2 to play on as planned, according to the Philly Voice. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Huge swath of U.S. endures bitter cold to start 2018," 1 Jan. 2018 For 2018, the performance spots are at 15th and Market Streets, Broad and Sansom Street (string bands), Broad and Pine Street (fancies, wenches, comics, and fancy brigades), and Broad and Carpenter Street. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "7 days of things to do in Philadelphia Dec. 31 to Jan. 5," 21 Dec. 2017 Nearly 41 million unimaginative adults will dress as Batman, animals, witches, wenches and pirates, with sexpot looks on many ladies’ lists. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Spirit Halloween pops up, offering ghoulishly good costumes, spooky decor," 6 Oct. 2017 Nothing says fall like enormous turkey legs and domestic beer served by a wench. Kara Lewis,, kansascity, "Countdown to your most fall KC weekend ever," 24 Aug. 2017 There are many solid gags among this motley crew — the pirate forever chasing his false eye, the parrot trained to speak for its mute master, the series of fetching wenches who deliver slaps to Sparrow for past wrongs. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' — THR's 2003 Review," 25 May 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of wench

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

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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