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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

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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 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 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 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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2 Jan 2020

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“Wench.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wencher. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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