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A male companion of a woman of ill-repute; specifically (a) a harlot's servant or personal attendant; (b) a ‘kept’ man, a gigolo; (c) a pimp.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Copland (fl. 1505–1547), translator and printer. Apparently from apple + squire. The semantic motivation is unclear; perhaps compare metaphorical use of apple to refer to a woman's breasts.
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.