verb (used without object), whored, whor·ing.
verb (used with object), whored, whor·ing.
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Origin of whore
historical usage of whore
The Germanic root is a regular development of the Proto-Indo-European root kā- “to like, desire” (extended with the same suffixed -r ). Kār- appears in Latin in cārus “dear, beloved, expensive,” and in the noun cāritās “love, affection, high price” (and through Old French, in charity meaning “Christian love”). Kār- appears in the Celtic languages as cara in Irish, and car in Welsh and Breton, all meaning “friend.” In Slavic (Polish), we find kurva.
The unetymological spelling, with initial w- (as also occurs in whole ), became common about 1600.
Nell Gwyn (1650-87), one of King Charles II’s numerous mistresses, made the best comeback ever recorded: When she was surrounded in her coach by a Protestant mob who thought she was Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth (1649–1734), a Catholic woman and another of King Charles’s mistresses, Nell leaned out of her coach and shouted down the mob with “Pray good people be civil, I am the King’s Protestant whore.”
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The odds of getting re-arrested are a lot slimmer if a person has a job.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Many hold classes in their living rooms, asking students to help re-arrange and then later put back furniture.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He won re-election twice as governor of New York, and had the hubris to run for a fourth term before being defeated in 1994.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82|Eleanor Clift|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They would have to get court approval to re-home their children.
Now Wisconsin is considering making it mandatory for parents who adopt overseas to have their children “re-adopted” in the state.
Some were even re-arrested for the same nefarious purpose, and the daily papers published their names on each occasion.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
But first he held a whispered colloquy with the Princess, whom he entreated, or persuaded, to re-enter her gorgeous vehicle.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
They are still comparatively supple, and any misplaced pinnæ may be re-arranged without any difficulty.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
A ray of Consciousness is passed over that impression and you re-read it, you re-awaken the record.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
In the next two days he re-wrote the twenty thousand, and on the fifth day he tore it into shreds and threw it to the winds.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux