[ struhm-pit ]
/ ˈstrʌm pɪt /


a prostitute; harlot.

Nearby words

  1. strumectomy,
  2. strumiform,
  3. strumitis,
  4. strumose,
  5. strumous,
  6. strung,
  7. strung out,
  8. strung up,
  9. strung-out,
  10. strunt

Origin of strumpet

1300–50; Middle English < ?

Related formsstrum·pet·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for strumpet

British Dictionary definitions for strumpet


/ (ˈstrʌmpɪt) /


archaic a prostitute or promiscuous woman

Word Origin for strumpet

C14: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History 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]
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