\ ˈhȯr How to pronounce whore (audio) , ˈhu̇r How to pronounce whore (audio) \

Definition of whore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a woman who engages in sexual acts for money : prostitute also, informal + offensive : a promiscuous or immoral woman
2 : a male who engages in sexual acts for money
3 : a venal or unscrupulous person


\ ˈhȯr How to pronounce whore (audio) , ˈhu̇r\
whored; whoring

Definition of whore (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to have unlawful sexual intercourse as or with a prostitute
2 : to pursue a faithless, unworthy, or idolatrous desire

transitive verb

obsolete : to corrupt by lewd intercourse : debauch

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Examples of whore in a Sentence


For writers, to blurb or not to blurb can be a tricky matter.  … Blurb too often, or include too many blurbs on your book, and you might get called a blurb whore. — Rachel Donadio, New York Times Book Review, 17 Aug. 2008 It was only his vain desire to gain the money he needed to purchase the freedom of his beloved Sarah, a whore in a Sturgeon Street brothel, that had led him to offer his sword in the murderous service of Buljan … — Michael Chabon, "Gentlemen of the Road," in New York Times Magazine18 Feb. 2007 I know one guy who became a television writer simply because it afforded him the opportunity to write on a cop show and name all the strippers, crack whores, and nude female corpses after his mother. — Rob Long, National Review, 19 Feb. 2001


Babe Ruth, who could cuss, guzzle and whore to outdo any sailor of legend, was also the most genial and accommodating of men. — Stephen Jay Gould, New York Times Book Review, 7 May 1989

First Known Use of whore


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1554, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for whore

Noun and Verb

Middle English hore, from Old English hōre; akin to Old Norse hōra whore, hōrr adulterer, Latin carus dear — more at charity

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The first known use of whore was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of whore

somewhat old-fashioned : a woman who has sex with people in exchange for money
informal + offensive : a woman who has sex with a lot of people

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Spanish Central: Translation of whore


a usually brief trip or an expedition

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