Definition of whore in US English:

whore

noun

derogatory
  • 1A prostitute.

    • ‘At the Bridewell in London, single women suspected of being whores were inspected by other women to establish if they were virgins.’
    • ‘Each room is occupied by girls like me, girls with broken homes; rape victims, prostitutes, and whores.’
    • ‘The album is content to rely on the old hip-hop cliches, piling on the swear words and overloading each track with references to whores, pimps, hookers and drugs.’
    • ‘After learning that his son visits a whore, Wang Lung goes to the prostitute, paying her not to see his son anymore.’
    • ‘Women have two kinds of power, historically: as the courtesan and as the whore.’
    • ‘Sherman typically enacts a series of portraits - Elizabethan whores, gangster's molls, and now a series of clowns.’
    • ‘The whores in the brothel next door to my work are listening to REM's ‘Everybody Hurts’ on their radio.’
    • ‘The waterfront was busy, traders and merchants displaying their items for sale, while on the corners of the streets hookers and whores waited for their evening's employment.’
    • ‘He finally shed his obsession with cross-eyed prostitutes when he learned to put Descartes before the whores.’
    • ‘In a matter of decades, Makiki's artistic focus had shifted from the virtues of the Madonna to the transgressions of the whore.’
    • ‘‘Most of the money was spent on booze and women of easy virtue - whores in other words,’ he told me in an interview.’
    • ‘A whore captivates a rich man with her coquettish prettiness and is rescued from life on the streets.’
    • ‘In this particular case, however, the child born to a whore is named after a particular adulterer.’
    • ‘He was also involved in a string of violent incidents with the swordsmen and whores of the Roman streets, ending with his killing of Ranuccio Tomassoni in a gang fight in May 1606.’
    • ‘In the streets he is accosted by whores, hustlers and queer-bashers.’
    • ‘One woman reporter, in tears, told Weffer about being called a puta, a whore, when she tried to enter a poor neighborhood wearing a press pass.’
    • ‘The popular belief amongst local lads is that the inmates at the Magdalene are whores and trollops.’
    • ‘From Kings to paupers, all of them had their mistresses and concubines and whores.’
    prostitute, promiscuous woman, slut, sex worker, call girl, white slave
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    1. 1.1 A woman who has many casual sexual encounters or relationships.
      • ‘She always called me a dirty whore, a slut, told me that I was ugly and she didn't know what he saw in me.’
      • ‘He didn't need to surround himself with sluts and whores.’
      • ‘Eder et al. found that middle school girls who initiated any type of sexual activity were labeled bitches, sluts, and whores.’
      • ‘Most of the world disapproved of her, calling her a temptress and a whore.’
      • ‘Last time she had an actual conversation with this man, he had degraded her as a slut and a whore.’
      • ‘They just want to give off that image so they don't seem like sluts or whores.’
      • ‘She is often referred to as a whore and a harlot, for she is of lower class than both Desdemona and Emilia.’
      • ‘Come on, support your sisters, don't talk about being sluts and whores.’
      • ‘It felt good to have someone be on her side, and not think she was a slut or a whore.’
      • ‘If she were to go home and be kicked and beaten by an angry parent who called her a slut and a whore, would she even go to the doctor?’
      • ‘You could call her popular, you could call her the head chick, you could call her a bitch, a slut, or a whore, it did not really matter, just do not say it to her face.’
      • ‘I was sickened by stereotypes of Indigenous women as promiscuous, drunken whores or sexless Mother Earth types.’
      • ‘It's nice to know that deep down even German supermodels are still promiscuous whores.’
      • ‘A girl does one thing, and is called a slut, a whore, and all of those recognizable titles, while guys could do whatever they want, and get praised.’
      • ‘Indeed, the character of Rosemarie Nitribitt can be simply defined as a one-note, golddigging whore and nothing more.’
      • ‘She referred to them as sluts and whores where I was concerned.’
      • ‘Blackburn magistrates heard that David Ainsworth was ranting and raving during the assault, calling his former wife a ‘slag, a whore and a slut’.’
      • ‘I was a tease and a whore, a flirt and a slut - I was horrible.’
      • ‘We are clearly type cast: the bitch, the dimwit, the whore, and the gold-digger.’
      • ‘She falls in love with John but he attacks her calling her whore and strumpet.’
    2. 1.2 A person who is regarded as willing to do anything to get a particular thing.
      ‘he's a shameless publicity whore’
      ‘you come across as a complete attention whore’

verb

[no object]
  • 1(of a woman) work as a prostitute.

    ‘she was forced to whore in order to support herself’
    with object ‘I whored myself in the streets’
    • ‘Ironically, his wife turned out to be a bit of a cow, whoring herself out to the milkman, a handsome young Swede also called Fokken.’
    • ‘Yeah, do you see how Alexia is whoring herself to me?’
    • ‘Even as I pulled the door shut Sherringham spoke again: ‘Or are you whoring yourself out now?’’
    • ‘These situations always require a compromise - it is up to you to decide how to take show off your best assets (superficial or not) without crossing the line into whoring yourself.’
    • ‘The news items I've seen indicate that most of the girls confess that they just wanted extra money for clothes, and whoring themselves to a few drooling middle-aged salarymen was the easiest way to get it.’
    • ‘I kept whoring myself out when I was still with him and he knew about it.’
    • ‘With dullness and utilitarianism, they whore themselves out to men who no longer find the Batman and Robin relationship satisfying.’
    • ‘He sees her whoring herself around a truck stop.’
    • ‘She's the one who goes around whoring every other night.’
    • ‘I've been whoring myself to come up with the money for the drugs and I don't want to do that anymore.’
    • ‘Seventy five percent of our time together she was hysterically jealous, the other twenty five percent she was whoring.’
    • ‘Before she began whoring herself to the gentlemen of the area, she came here for a special blend of medicine.’
    • ‘That's because you've been whoring yourself so many times that we're all sick and tired of it.’
    • ‘It was like she took pride in whoring herself out.’
    • ‘I bet you were whoring yourself to those old businessmen again.’
    • ‘She pushed herself to new extremes as the emotionally stunted prostitute paying for her sick mother's care by whoring herself unsmilingly around New York.’
    • ‘He finds out his mother has been whoring herself downtown just to put some excitement in her mundane life.’
    • ‘‘At least I don't have to whore myself out to married men,’ he snapped back.’
    • ‘But she soon realizes that whoring herself has made her life a living hell.’
    • ‘Was she always that forward or did she change after she whored herself to some man?’
    work as a prostitute, prostitute oneself, sell one's body, sell oneself, walk the streets, be on the streets, solicit, work in the sex industry
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    1. 1.1often as noun whoring (of a man) use the services of prostitutes.
      ‘he lived by night, indulging in his two hobbies, whoring and eating’
      • ‘A man who went whoring in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region was surprised to discover that a woman made available to provide him with sexual services was his wife's sister.’
      • ‘Should I be worried that I've reached the point where immersing myself in this is more attractive than drinking and whoring my way around the bright city lights of King's Lynn?’
      • ‘I wasn't even slightly surprised at Michael's whoring.’
      • ‘I was paging through some Arthur Schopenhauer, a brilliant, cantankerous, whoring son of this city.’
      • ‘Especially when they're dressed as if they're about to go whoring downtown after the movie lets out.’
      • ‘David could be the bleakest character Allen has played, even more so than the pill-popping, whoring Harry.’
      • ‘Apparently, gambling, whoring, eating and walking around looking at Portuguese colonial ruins were the things to do then as well.’
      • ‘George the Third is in his mad dotage, Napoleon is ploughing through Europe and Lord Byron is whoring his way to Greece.’
      • ‘I think we can safely draw from this that he was in our nation's fine capital checking up on his drug and whoring interests.’
      • ‘The grand irony in this, which was that he spent his own period of military service drinking and whoring around bars in Alabama, was rarely mentioned.’
      • ‘He liked the young Miss and thought the way Master Charles went whoring around behind her back was awful.’
      use prostitutes
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    2. 1.2 Debase oneself by doing something for unworthy motives, typically to make money.
      ‘he had never whored after money’
      • ‘Her pantomime career in England was flailing, and she had returned to Australia in the hope of whoring herself out for a bit of extra cash.’
      • ‘For well over a year, he has been whoring his military ‘experience’ to anyone who would listen.’
      • ‘He's a politician now, which means that bragging and whoring his story is the job description.’
      • ‘I've just seen her whoring herself for Asda.’
      • ‘It's a dusty relic of the days of empire when artists whored themselves by scribbling in the service of big business and the state.’
      • ‘I spent a huge sum of money to become a Java programmer, and now I'm whoring myself out making balloon animals at bar mitzvahs.’
      • ‘Now he was forced into whoring himself to the system for the money because he was about to fall below the poverty line.’
      • ‘We didn't want to be viewed as one of those tired old bands who were whoring out their past for some fast cash.’
      • ‘The scan was merely a common case of ‘student whoring his goods for money’.’
      • ‘Madonna is on the cover whoring herself out for the Gap in ugly pants, a tank top and ‘her own’ newsboy cap.’

Phrases

  • the Whore of Babylon

    • archaic, derogatory The Roman Catholic Church.

      • ‘Those conservative Protestant leaders who agreed with Catholics on such questions were seldom disposed to cooperate publicly with a church that some still regarded as the Whore of Babylon.’
      • ‘In any case, the Cathars believed that the Roman Catholic Church was corrupt - the Whore of Babylon they called it.’
      • ‘Others see it in a continuum of more old-fashioned American distaste for the Whore of Babylon that dwells in Rome, spinning Jesuitical plots.’
      • ‘And forget religious ecumenicalism, it still teaches that the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon, a satanic version of Christianity.’
      • ‘In this, the Roman Church was revealed as the Whore of Babylon.’

Origin

Late Old English hōre, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoer and German Hure, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin carus ‘dear’.

Pronunciation

whore

/hôr//hɔr/