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noun

Older Use: Often Offensive. a woman who works.
Slang. a prostitute.

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Origin of working girl

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.
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working girl

noun

a girl or woman who works, esp one who supports herself
informal a prostitute
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