noun Usage: often attributive Date: 14th century 1. bastard 2. a coarse fellow — used as a generalized term of abuse

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  • Whoreson — Whore son, n. A bastard; colloquially, a low, scurvy fellow; used generally in contempt, or in coarse humor. Also used adjectively. [Archaic] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whoreson — (adj.) c.1300, from WHORE (Cf. whore) + SON (Cf. son). Often used affectionately, it translates Anglo Fr. fiz a putain …   Etymology dictionary

  • whoreson — [hôr′sən] Archaic n. [ME hores son, lit., son of a whore, bastard] 1. a bastard 2. a scoundrel; knave: a general epithet of abuse adj. vile; knavish …   English World dictionary

  • whoreson —    The son of a whore would inevitably have been illegitimate, so ‘whoreson’ is a synonym for ‘bastard’. It was used as a term of contempt mainly until the seventeenth century, e.g. in Ben Jonson’s Every Man in his Humour, where Stephano calls a… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • whoreson — noun a) an illegitimate child born of unwed parents. , 1605: Though this knave came something saucily to the world before he was sent for, yet was his mother fair, there was good sport at his making, and the whoreson must be acknowledged. William …   Wiktionary

  • whoreson — /hawr seuhn, hohr / or, often, /hoor /, n. 1. a bastard. 2. wretch; scoundrel. adj. 3. wretched; scurvy. [1200 50; ME horeson SON of a WHORE] * * * …   Universalium

  • whoreson — sb. Alys. 880 …   Oldest English Words

  • whoreson — n. bastard; low or villainous person (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • whoreson — [ hɔ:s(ə)n] noun archaic a despicable person. Origin ME: from whore + son, suggested by Anglo Norman Fr. fiz a putain …   English new terms dictionary

  • whoreson — whore·son …   English syllables

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