One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman whose chastity is considered doubtful.
- ‘The first session of the Police Court in 1872 was held yesterday morning for the benefit of an old chronic drunk who is continually thrusting himself upon the police and three demoralized demireps.’
- ‘Many demireps of fashion fluttered round him and shared his attentions, the most notorious of whom was the Countess of Jersey.’
Mid 18th century: abbreviation of demi-reputable.
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