Harlotry
Harlotry Har"lot*ry (-r[y^]), n. 1. Ribaldry; buffoonery; a ribald story. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. The trade or practice of prostitution; habitual or customary lewdness. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything meretricious; as, harlotry in art. [1913 Webster]

4. A harlot; a strumpet; a baggage. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He sups to-night with a harlotry. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • harlotry — late 14c., loose, crude, or obscene behavior; sexual immorality; ribald talk or jesting, from HARLOT (Cf. harlot) + RY (Cf. ry) …   Etymology dictionary

  • harlotry — [här′lə trē] n. 1. prostitution 2. prostitutes collectively …   English World dictionary

  • harlotry — noun (plural ries) Date: 14th century 1. sexual profligacy ; prostitution 2. an unprincipled or immoral woman < he sups tonight with a harlotry Shakespeare > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • harlotry — harlot ► NOUN archaic ▪ a prostitute or promiscuous woman. DERIVATIVES harlotry noun. ORIGIN Old French, young man, knave …   English terms dictionary

  • harlotry — /hahr leuh tree/, n. prostitution. [1275 1325; ME harlotrie. See HARLOT, RY] * * * …   Universalium

  • harlotry — noun The trade of a harlot; prostitution …   Wiktionary

  • harlotry — har·lot·ry || hÉ‘rlÉ™trɪ / hɑːl n. prostitution …   English contemporary dictionary

  • harlotry — n prostitution, whoredom, streetwalking, Mrs. Warren s profession, the oldest profession; whoremongering, whoremastery, pimping, pandering, procuring, hustling …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • harlotry — har·lot·ry …   English syllables

  • harlotry — har•lot•ry [[t]ˈhɑr lə tri[/t]] n. prostitution • Etymology: 1275–1325 …   From formal English to slang

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