a prostitute who solicits on the streets.

Origin of streetwalker

First recorded in 1585–95; street + walker
Related formsstreet·walk·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for street-walker

Historical Examples of street-walker

  • If she wants to be a street-walker, let her be one, but she shall not stay here.

    Jennie Gerhardt

    Theodore Dreiser

  • 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!


    Dorothy Menpes

  • She was a street-walker, nicknamed by her admirers the She-wolf.

    The Death of the Gods

    Dmitri Mrejkowski

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


    Henry Fielding

British Dictionary definitions for street-walker



a prostitute who solicits on the streets
Derived Formsstreetwalking, noun, adjective
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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