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strumpet

[struhm-pit]
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noun
  1. a prostitute; harlot.
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Origin of strumpet

1300–50; Middle English < ?
Related formsstrum·pet·like, adjective
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Related Words for strumpet

streetwalker, slut, hussy, hooker, harlot, whore

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Historical Examples of strumpet

  • Public opinion is a strumpet, and posterity a piece of nonsense.'

    Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)

    John Morley

  • You are a strumpet's daughter, my dear; you must be a strumpet yourself, if you wish to be anything.

  • The father shall to prison; the mother and her strumpet daughter to the pillory!

    Love and Intrigue

    Friedrich Schiller

  • The dog has sworn to take Arbe and give it to that Magyar strumpet of his, Yaga.

    The Island of Enchantment

    Justus Miles Forman

  • The ban's Magyar strumpet was set where the ban had sworn to set her.

    The Island of Enchantment

    Justus Miles Forman


British Dictionary definitions for strumpet

strumpet

noun
  1. archaic a prostitute or promiscuous woman
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Word Origin for strumpet

C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for strumpet

n.

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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