1archaic, humorous A girl or young woman.‘in the new film about Columbus, she plays the token buxom wench’
young woman, young lady, miss
- ‘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.’
- ‘He had a youthful face, not yet weathered like the rest and whenever ashore was quite popular with maidens and wenches alike.’
- ‘Beer wenches are scantily clad women paid about $60 an hour to be at the beck and call of cricket-watching men who don't want to queue for beer.’
2archaic A prostitute.‘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!’
- ‘Your father was a dog and your mother was lower than the wenches who peddle their assets in Boruva!’
- ‘She just smiled and shrugged, ‘I don't mind all that much, I deal with men like you all the time; we all do, us tavern wenches.’’
(of a man) habitually associate with prostitutes.
Middle English abbreviation of obsolete wenchel ‘child, servant, prostitute’; perhaps related to Old English wancol ‘unsteady, inconstant’.