One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An unpleasant or greatly disliked person.
scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doerView synonyms
- ‘The whoreson bastard was here, so close Harnak could smell him, and he snarled and struck his mount with his spurs.’
- ‘Damned if that whoreson barber hadn't done another terrible job of shaving him that morning.’
- ‘It was time to let Somerset know that his greatest enemy was not yet, as the little whoreson believed, dead.’
- ‘The Earl of Kent in King Lear insults Oswald: ‘Thou whoreson zed, thou unnecessary letter!’’
- ‘The whoreson's life is mine to claim and I will use any method at my disposal to be rid of him.’
Middle English: from whore + son, suggested by Anglo-Norman French fiz a putain.
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