1 archaic A prostitute.‘When choosing red we are not choosing to be strumpets, harlots, hookers, liars, and witches, but rather to wear their totemic color, the shade of Mars as well as that of heartbreak, to see how we look.’
sex worker, call girl, courtesan
- ‘I asked her what she did for work; she told me she was a dancer; then in another moment, she explained she was a stripper, a harlot, a prostitute.’
- ‘She is often referred to as a whore and a harlot, for she is of lower class than both Desdemona and Emilia.’
- ‘Everyone would think that she was a harlot who slept around.’
- ‘She was forced to walk the streets as a harlot.’
- 1.1 dated, derogatory A woman who has many casual sexual encounters or relationships.
Middle English (denoting a vagabond or beggar, later a lecherous man or woman): from Old French harlot, herlot ‘young man, knave, vagabond’.
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