- a prostitute; harlot.
Origin of strumpet
Examples from the Web for strumpet
Historical Examples of strumpet
Public opinion is a strumpet, and posterity a piece of nonsense.'Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)
You are a strumpet's daughter, my dear; you must be a strumpet yourself, if you wish to be anything.The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)
The father shall to prison; the mother and her strumpet daughter to the pillory!Love and Intrigue
The dog has sworn to take Arbe and give it to that Magyar strumpet of his, Yaga.
The ban's Magyar strumpet was set where the ban had sworn to set her.
- archaic a prostitute or promiscuous woman
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]