Definition of whore in English:

whore

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Pronunciation: /hɔː
 
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noun

derogatory
1A prostitute.
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  • Each room is occupied by girls like me, girls with broken homes; rape victims, prostitutes, and whores.
  • Women have two kinds of power, historically: as the courtesan and as the whore.
  • The popular belief amongst local lads is that the inmates at the Magdalene are whores and trollops.
Synonyms
prostitute, promiscuous woman, slut, sex worker, call girl, white slave; Frenchfille de joie, demi-mondaine, grande horizontale; Spanishputa
informal pro, moll, brass nail, tom, woman on the game, working girl, member of the oldest profession, tramp, floozie, scrubber, slapper
British informal slag
North American informal hooker, hustler, roundheel
black English , informal ho
euphemistic model, escort, masseuse
dated tart, streetwalker, woman of the streets, lady/woman of the night, scarlet woman, fallen woman, woman of easy virtue, cocotte, loose woman
archaic courtesan, strumpet, harlot, trollop, wanton, woman of ill repute, lady of pleasure, Cyprian, doxy, drab, quean, trull, wench
1.1A promiscuous woman.
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  • It's nice to know that deep down even German supermodels are still promiscuous whores.
  • I was sickened by stereotypes of Indigenous women as promiscuous, drunken whores or sexless Mother Earth types.
  • Most of the world disapproved of her, calling her a temptress and a whore.

verb

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1(Of a woman) work as a prostitute: she spent her life whoring for dangerous men
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  • Before she began whoring herself to the gentlemen of the area, she came here for a special blend of medicine.
  • Seventy five percent of our time together she was hysterically jealous, the other twenty five percent she was whoring.
  • She pushed herself to new extremes as the emotionally stunted prostitute paying for her sick mother's care by whoring herself unsmilingly around New York.
Synonyms
work as a prostitute, prostitute oneself, sell one's body, sell oneself, walk the streets, be on the streets, solicit, work in the sex industry
informal be on the game, tom, practise the oldest profession
1.1 (often as noun whoring) (Of a man) use the services of prostitutes: he lived by night, indulging in his two hobbies, whoring and eating
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  • I wasn't even slightly surprised at Michael's whoring.
  • He liked the young Miss and thought the way Master Charles went whoring around behind her back was awful.
  • The grand irony in this, which was that he spent his own period of military service drinking and whoring around bars in Alabama, was rarely mentioned.
Synonyms
use prostitutes
archaic wench
1.2Debase oneself by doing something for unworthy motives, typically to make money: he had never whored after money
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  • The scan was merely a common case of ‘student whoring his goods for money’.
  • I spent a huge sum of money to become a Java programmer, and now I'm whoring myself out making balloon animals at bar mitzvahs.
  • I've just seen her whoring herself for Asda.

Origin

late Old English hōre, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoer and German Hure, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin carus 'dear'.

Phrases

the Whore of Babylon

archaic , derogatory The Roman Catholic Church.
[with biblical allusion to Rev. 17:1, 5, etc.]
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  • In any case, the Cathars believed that the Roman Catholic Church was corrupt - the Whore of Babylon they called it.
  • And forget religious ecumenicalism, it still teaches that the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon, a satanic version of Christianity.
  • Those conservative Protestant leaders who agreed with Catholics on such questions were seldom disposed to cooperate publicly with a church that some still regarded as the Whore of Babylon.

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