- strung out,
- strung up,
Origin of strumpet
Examples from the Web for strumpet
Then he called out, in a huge voice, "Florence has come to a poor pass if her peace depends upon a scoundrel and his strumpet!"The God of Love|Justin Huntly McCarthy
Do you think, strumpet; that you shall get the better of me by sheer impudence?Caleb Williams|William Godwin
Nevertheless I am absolutely certain that something about a son of a strumpet struck my ear.Amphitryon|Moliere
A knave and a quean, a thief and a strumpet, a couple of beggars, a brace of baggages.
May the flames of St. Anthony consume me if you do not come with us, strumpet!
Word Origin for strumpet
early 14c., of uncertain origin. One theory connects it with Latin stuprata, fem. past participle of stuprare "have illicit sexual relations with," or Late Latin strupum "dishonor, violation." Others suggest Middle Dutch strompe "a stocking," or strompen "to stride, to stalk" (as a prostitute might a customer). The major sources don't seem to give much preference to any of these. Weekley notes "Gregory's Chronicle (c.1450) has streppett in same sense." In 18c.-early 19c., often abbreviated as strum and also used as a verb, which led to some odd dictionary entries:
TO STRUM: to have carnal knowledge of a woman, also to play badly on the harpsichord or any other stringed instrument. [Capt. Francis Grose, "A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1796]