[ hawr, hohr or, often, hoo r ]
/ hɔr, hoʊr or, often, hʊər /


verb (used without object), whored, whor·ing.

verb (used with object), whored, whor·ing.

to put to a base or unworthy use (sometimes followed by out): He’s whoring out his skills by writing for popular magazines.
Obsolete. to make a whore of; corrupt; debauch.

Nearby words

  1. whoosy,
  2. whoot,
  3. whop,
  4. whopper,
  5. whopping,
  6. whore-house,
  7. whore-monger,
  8. whoredom,
  9. whorehouse,
  10. whorehouse cut

Origin of whore

before 1100; Middle English, Old English hōre; cognate with German Hure, Old Norse hōra; akin to Gothic hors harlot, Latin cārus dear

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British Dictionary definitions for whoring


/ (hɔː) /


a prostitute or promiscuous woman: often a term of abuse

verb (intr)

to be or act as a prostitute
(of a man) to have promiscuous sexual relations, esp with prostitutes
(often foll by after) to seek that which is immoral, idolatrous, etc
Derived Formswhorish, adjectivewhorishly, adverbwhorishness, noun

Word Origin for whore

Old English hōre; related to Old Norse hōra, Old High German hvora, Latin carus dear

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Word Origin and History for whoring
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