- A person, typically a woman, who engages in sexual activity for payment.More example sentences
whore, sex worker, call girl, white slave; male prostitute, rent boy, call boy, gigolo• euphemistic model, escort, masseuseBritish tom; French fille de joie; Spanish puta; North American sporting girl/woman/lady, chippy• informal pro, moll, tail, brass nail, grande horizontale, woman on the game, working girl, member of the oldest profession, renter, toy boy• black English ho• vulgar slang bumboy• archaic courtesan, strumpet, harlot, trollop, wanton, woman of ill repute, lady of pleasure, Cyprian, doxy, drab, quean, trull, wench• rare sing-song girl, succubus
- Others attended the ‘circuses’ in which prostitutes performed sexual stunts.
- He had, once he had achieved adolescence, moved from prostitute to prostitute, whore to whore, but he had never yet known love.
- Such laws effectively deny prostitutes the right to work indoors in a warm, safe, and clean place.
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- 1Offer (someone, typically a woman) for sexual activity in exchange for payment: although she was paid £15 to join a man at his table, she never prostituted herselfMore example sentences
- The local bartender runs a brothel, prostituting his own wife for kicks.
- He prostituted his wife and forced his children to beg to support his drug habit.
- He also describes him as a cruel and wicked leader who prostituted his daughter when he ran short of money.
- 1.1Put (oneself or one’s talents) to an unworthy or corrupt use for personal or financial gain: his willingness to prostitute himself to the worst instincts of the electorateMore example sentences
- The wilderness towns gaily prostitute themselves to such people.
- The day-to-day experiences of persons who are prostituting themselves are equally bleak.
- If she does, it will not be because she has prostituted her talents like most modern female ‘pop stars’.
mid 16th century (as a verb): from Latin prostitut- 'exposed publicly, offered for sale', from the verb prostituere, from pro- 'before' + statuere 'set up, place'.