- Older Use: Often Offensive. a woman who works.
- Slang. a prostitute.
Origin of working girl
1860–65, for def 1; 1965–70, for def 2
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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Examples from the Web for working girl
The working-girl is expected to be subservient, she is too often regarded as a menial, she is ordered.Stage Confidences
I appreciate it very much, but no working-girl shall lose through me.The Hills of Refuge
Will N. Harben
My mind went back as he said this to a conversation I had had the night before with a working-girl at my boarding-house.
There is no influx such as creates in a small town the necessity for working-girl boarding-houses.
As one recalls this club, it presents one of the best evidences of the barrenness of the working-girl's life in New York.The Leaven in a Great City
Lillian William Betts
- a girl or woman who works, esp one who supports herself
- informal a prostitute