Definition of wench in English:

wench

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Pronunciation: /wɛn(t)ʃ
 
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noun

  • 1 archaic or • humorous A girl or young woman: in the new film about Columbus, she plays the token buxom wench
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    • Before the night is out they will no doubt have all found the attentions of a pretty young serving wench.
    • Smiling brightly, the buxom wench dipped a courtesy to them both as she pocketed their payment.
    • To the teenage wenches in Hindley Street who thought I was a visiting celebrity - thanks.
  • 2 archaic A prostitute.
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    • The boss is a friendly Norwegian and the working wenches are usually lively and cheerful.
    • I'm a paladin, not some whore or bar wench, I need nothing from either of you.
    • I resent being called a wench and besides I think you're the slut, Tiffany!

verb

[no object] archaic Back to top  
  • (Of a man) habitually associate with prostitutes.

Derivatives

wencher

noun
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  • He was the manifest ruffian, wencher, whoremonger, and most infamous cuckold-maker that ever breathed.
  • In most of our minds, he is a withdrawn, lonely figure, brave but enigmatic - scarcely to be compared with his rival, who was combative, a drinker and something of a wencher.
  • In the picturesque port city of Bahia, Flor, a lovely young woman, marries the wastrel Vadinho, a compulsive wencher who beats her.

Origin

Middle English: abbreviation of obsolete wenchel 'child, servant, prostitute'; perhaps related to Old English wancol 'unsteady, inconstant'.

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