Definitions for: Prostitute


[n] a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
[v] sell one's body; exchange sex for money



Webster (1913) Definition: Pros"ti*tute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prostituted; p.
pr. & vb. n. Prostituting.] [L. prostitutus, p. p. of
prostituere to prostitute; pro before, forth + statuere to
put, place. See Statute.]
1. To offer, as a woman, to a lewd use; to give up to
lewdness for hire. ``Do not prostitute thy daughter.''
--Lev. xix. 29.

2. To devote to base or unworthy purposes; to give up to low
or indiscriminate use; as, to prostitute talents; to
prostitute official powers. --Milton.


Pros"ti*tute, a. [L. prostitutus, p. p.]
Openly given up to lewdness; devoted to base or infamous
purposes.

Made bold by want, and prostitute for bread. --Prior


Pros"ti*tute, n. [L. prostituta.]
1. A woman giver to indiscriminate lewdness; a strumpet; a
harlot.

2. A base hireling; a mercenary; one who offers himself to
infamous employments for hire.

No hireling she, no prostitute to praise. --Pope.

Synonyms: bawd, cocotte, cyprian, fancy woman, harlot, lady of pleasure, sporting lady, tart, trollop, whore, woman of the street, working girl

See Also: adult female, call girl, camp follower, demimondaine, floozie, floozy, hooker, hustler, sell, slattern, street girl, streetwalk, streetwalker, white slave, woman

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