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[street-waw-ker] /ˈstritˌwɔ kər/
a prostitute who solicits on the streets.
Origin of streetwalker
First recorded in 1585-95; street + walker
Related forms
streetwalking, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for street-walker
Historical Examples
  • Straddy; a street-walker, an idle person always sauntering along the streets.

  • Light in the vagabond, light in the mendicant, light in the thief, light in the street-walker.

  • The Madonna of thy landing is a street-walker who is not worth two candles!

    Venice Dorothy Menpes
  • The second criminal was a poor woman, who was taken up by the watch as a street-walker.

    Amelia Henry Fielding
  • Thus was O'Iwa "degraded" from her high estate as street-walker.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
  • A street-walker ventured to accost an Englishman in Paris at night, and was taken in charge by the police.

    Paris: With Pen and Pencil David W. Bartlett
  • She was a street-walker, nicknamed by her admirers the She-wolf.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • If she wants to be a street-walker, let her be one, but she shall not stay here.

    Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
  • She afterwards fell, became a street-walker, and died neglected and uncared for in the Infirmary.

  • One would say you are a Piccadilly street-walker and they wouldn't be far wrong.

    My Neighbors Caradoc Evans
British Dictionary definitions for street-walker


a prostitute who solicits on the streets
Derived Forms
streetwalking, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for street-walker

"common prostitute," 1590s, from street (n.) + agent noun from walk (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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