wench

Wench used to mean young girl, so if you find someone describing a lovely wench in Shakespeare, it means a lovely girl.

Wench comes from Middle English, and was a common word for girl, child, or servant. Over time it came to mean mainly serving girls, as in a bar wench, who serves drinks at a tavern. Eventually it came to mean prostitute. If you find wench in a love poem from the 16th century, think of it as an informal version of maiden. But if someone called you a wench last week, you should be insulted.

Definitions of wench
  1. noun
    informal terms for a (young) woman
    synonyms: bird, chick, dame, doll, skirt
  2. verb
    frequent prostitutes
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    type of:
    fornicate
    have sex without being married
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