verb (used without object)
Origin of wench
Related Words for wenchlass, strumpet, maiden, hussy, servant, damsel, tramp, wanton, Jezebel, whore, prostitute, bimbo, doxy
Examples from the Web for wench
Historical Examples of wench
And there was the wench too—he had fairly forgotten her name.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Hero is a "wench o' the Bankside," and Leander swims across the Thames to her.The Man Shakespeare
The wench came up soon after, all aghast, with a Laud, Miss!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
And so this wench is to stock the parish with beauties, I hope.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
I am secure in one of the wench's qualities however—she is not to be corrupted.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Word Origin for wench
late 13c., wenche "girl or young woman," shortened from wenchel "child" (12c.), from Old English wencel, probably related to wancol "unsteady, fickle, weak," and cognate with Old Norse vakr "child, weak person," Old High German wanchal "fickle." The word degenerated through being used in reference to servant girls, and by mid-14c. was being used in a sense of "woman of loose morals, mistress."
The wenche is nat dead, but slepith. [Wyclif, Matt. ix:24, c.1380]
"to associate with common women," 1590s, from wench (n.). Related: Wenched; wenching.