working girl

See synonyms for working girl on
  1. Older Use: Often Offensive. a woman who works.

  2. Slang. a prostitute.

Origin of working girl

First recorded in 1860–65 for def. 1; 1965–70 for def. 2

usage note For working girl

The meaning “woman who works” has declined in use because of possible confusion with the other meaning, “prostitute.” And the use of girl to refer to an adult woman is often perceived as insulting and demeaning. See also girl.

Words Nearby working girl Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use working girl in a sentence

  • By an unfortunate circumstance, the working girl living at that number was away from the factory two days at this time.

    The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts
  • The working girl has suffered quite as much at the hands of yellow journalism as the woman of wealth and social position.

    The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts

British Dictionary definitions for working girl

working girl

  1. a girl or woman who works, esp one who supports herself

  2. informal a prostitute

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