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wench

[ wench ]
/ wɛntʃ /
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noun
a country lass or working girl: The milkmaid was a healthy wench.
Usually Facetious. a girl or young woman.
Archaic. a strumpet.
verb (used without object)
to associate, especially habitually, with promiscuous women.
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Origin of wench

1250–1300; Middle English, back formation from wenchel,Old English wencel child, akin to wancol tottering, said of a child learning to walk; akin to German wankeln to totter

OTHER WORDS FROM wench

wencher, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wench

wench , winch
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British Dictionary definitions for wench

wench
/ (wɛntʃ) /

noun
a girl or young woman, esp a buxom or lively one: now used facetiously
archaic a female servant
archaic a prostitute
verb (intr)
archaic to frequent the company of prostitutes

Derived forms of wench

wencher, noun

Word Origin for wench

Old English wencel child, from wancol weak; related to Old High German wanchal, wankōn
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