wench

  • 1 Wench — (w[e^]nch), n. [OE. wenche, for older wenchel a child, originally, weak, tottering; cf. AS. wencle a maid, a daughter, wencel a pupil, orphan, wincel, winclu, children, offspring, wencel weak, wancol unstable, OHG. wanchol; perhaps akin to E.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 wench´er — wench «wehnch», noun, verb. –n. 1. a girl or young woman. 2. a) a woman servant: »a kitchen wench. b) any girl considered as belonging to the class of workers or peasants: »a buxom country wench. 3. Archaic. a wanton woman. –v.i. to seek out and… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 3 wench — [wench] n. [ME wenche, contr. < wenchel, child, boy, girl, young woman < OE wencel, a child, akin to wancol, unsteady (? in reference to an infant s gait): for IE base see WINCH] 1. a girl or young woman: now a derogatory or jocular term 2 …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Wench — (w[e^]nch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wenched} (w[e^]ncht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Wenching}.] To frequent the company of wenches, or women of ill fame. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 wench — wench·er; wench; …

    English syllables

  • 6 wench — [wentʃ] n [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: wenchel child (11 14 centuries), from Old English wencel] old use a girl or young woman, especially a servant …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7 wench — [ wentʃ ] noun count 1. ) an old word for a young woman, often a servant a ) an old word for a woman who is a prostitute (=someone who has sex for money) 2. ) an offensive or humorous word for a woman …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 8 wench — late 13c., wenche girl or young woman, shortened from wenchel child (12c.), from O.E. wencel, probably related to wancol unsteady, fickle, weak, and cognate with O.N. vakr child, weak person, O.H.G. wanchal fickle. The word degenerated through… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 wench — ► NOUN archaic or humorous ▪ a girl or young woman. ORIGIN abbreviation of obsolete wenchel «child, servant, prostitute» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 wench —    This old fashioned word for a girl or woman would probably only be used jokingly in modern times, though from the sixteenth century it was commonly used as an endearment to a man’s wife, daughter, or sweetheart.    In the Shakespeare plays… …

    A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • 11 wench — wencher, n. /wench/, n. 1. a country lass or working girl: The milkmaid was a healthy wench. 2. Usually facetious. a girl or young woman. 3. Archaic. a strumpet. v.i. 4. to associate, esp. habitually, with promiscuous women. [1250 1300; ME, back… …

    Universalium

  • 12 wench — [[t]we̱ntʃ[/t]] wenches N COUNT A wench was a girl or young woman who worked as a servant or served people food or drink. [OLD FASHIONED] ...a serving wench called Petunia …

    English dictionary

  • 13 wench — UK [wentʃ] / US noun [countable] Word forms wench : singular wench plural wenches 1) a) an old word for a young woman , often a servant b) an old word for a woman who is a prostitute (= someone who has sex for money) 2) an offensive or humorous… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 wench — Used for centuries to describe pretty young girls. Recently perverted by the feminazis. It does *not* mean a prostitute, as they would have you believe. Used when mildly irritated by a woman you like. Stop tickling me, wench! …

    Dictionary of american slang

  • 15 wench — Used for centuries to describe pretty young girls. Recently perverted by the feminazis. It does *not* mean a prostitute, as they would have you believe. Used when mildly irritated by a woman you like. Stop tickling me, wench! …

    Dictionary of american slang

  • 16 wench — adj American obnoxious, condescending. Used par ticularly of and by women, the term is based on a specifically American colloquial sense of wench as a forward, shameless or troublesome female. (In archaic dialect usage in Britain, the word,… …

    Contemporary slang

  • 17 wench — [[t]wɛntʃ[/t]] n. 1) sex a girl or young woman 2) sex archaic a strumpet 3) sex to associate, esp. habitually, with promiscuous women • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME, shortening of wenchel, OE wencel child, akin to wancol tottering wench′er, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 wench — /wɛntʃ / (say wench) noun 1. a young woman. 2. a rustic or working woman. 3. Archaic a prostitute or promiscuous woman. –verb (i) 4. to consort with promiscuous women or prostitutes. {Middle English, variant of wenchel, Old English wencel child.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 wench — I. noun Etymology: Middle English wenche, short for wenchel child, from Old English wencel; akin to Old High German wankōn to totter, waver and probably to Old High German winchan to stagger more at wink Date: 14th century 1. a. a young woman ;… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 wench — 1. noun a) a young woman, especially a servant b) a promiscuous woman 2. verb To frequent prostitutes, to womanize …

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