light-o'-love

[ lahyt-uh-luhv ]

nounArchaic.
  1. a lover.

  2. a prostitute.

Origin of light-o'-love

1
First recorded in 1570–80
  • Also light-of-love [lahyt-uhv-luhv]. /ˈlaɪt əvˈlʌv/.

Words Nearby light-o'-love

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How to use light-o'-love in a sentence

  • This remark seemed to give fresh activity to the dialogue of Beausire and his light-o-love.

    The Hero of the People | Alexandre Dumas
  • "Like any Zanny's light-o-love," Phœbe broke in, her bosom heaving with the violence of her exercise.

    The Panchronicon | Harold Steele Mackaye