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whore
noun
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The Collaborative International Dictionary
Whore

Whore \Whore\, v. t. To corrupt by lewd intercourse; to make a whore of; to debauch. [R.]
--Congreve.

Whore

Whore \Whore\ (h[=o]r), n. [OE. hore, AS. h[=o]re; akin to D. hoer, hoere, G. hure, OHG. huora, huorra, Icel. h[=o]ra, Dan. hore, Sw. hora, Goth. h[=o]rs an adulterer, AS. h[=o]r adultery, OHG. huor, and probably to L. carus dear. Cf. Charity.] A woman who practices unlawful sexual commerce with men, especially one who prostitutes her body for hire; a prostitute; a harlot.
--Wyclif.

Syn: Harlot; courtesan; prostitute; strumpet.

Whore

Whore \Whore\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Whored; p. pr. & vb. n. Whoring.] [Cf. Icel. h?ra. See Whore, n.]

  1. To have unlawful sexual intercourse; to practice lewdness.

  2. (Script.) To worship false and impure gods.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
whore

1530s spelling alteration (see wh-) of Middle English hore, from Old English hore "prostitute, harlot," from Proto-Germanic *horaz (fem. *horon-) "one who desires" (cognates: Old Norse hora "adulteress," Danish hore, Swedish hora, Dutch hoer, Old High German huora "whore;" in Gothic only in the masc. hors "adulterer, fornicator," also as a verb, horinon "commit adultery"), from PIE *ka- "to like, desire," a base that has produced words in other languages for "lover" (cognates: Latin carus "dear;" Old Irish cara "friend;" Old Persian kama "desire;" Sanskrit Kama, name of the Hindu god of love, kamah "love, desire," the first element in Kama Sutra).\n

\nWhore itself is perhaps a Germanic euphemism for a word that has not survived. The Old English vowel naturally would have yielded *hoor, which is the pronunciation in some dialects; it might have shifted by influence of Middle English homonym hore "physical filth, slime," also "moral corruption, sin," from Old English horh. The wh- form became current 16c. A general term of abuse for an unchaste or lewd woman (without regard to money) from at least c.1200. Of male prostitutes from 1630s. Whore of Babylon is from Rev. xvii:1, 5, etc. In Middle English with occasional plural forms horen, heoranna.\n\nThe word, with its derivatives, is now avoided polite speech; its survival in literature, so as it survives, is due to the fact that it is a favorite word with Shakspere (who uses it, with its derivatives, 99 times) and is common in the authorized English version of the Bible ... though the American revisers recommended the substitution of harlot as less gross .... [Century Dictionary] \n\nSome equivalent words in other languages also derive from sources not originally pejorative, such as Bohemian nevestka, diminutive of nevesta "bride;" Dutch deern, German dirne originally "girl, lass, wench;" also perhaps Old French pute, perhaps literally "girl," fem. of Vulgar Latin *puttus (but perhaps rather from Latin putidus "stinking;" see poontang). Welsh putain "whore" is from French, probably via Middle English. Among other languages, Greek porne "prostitute" is related to pernemi "sell," with an original notion probably of a female slave sold for prostitution; Latin meretrix is literally "one who earns wages" (source of Irish mertrech, Old English miltestre "whore, prostitute").\n

\nThe vulgar Roman word was scortum, literally "skin, hide." Another term was lupa, literally "she-wolf" (preserved in Spanish loba, Italian lupa, French louve; see wolf (n.)). And of course there was prostituta, literally "placed in front," thus "publicly exposed," from the fem. past participle of prostituere (see prostitute (n.)). Another Old Norse term was skækja, which yielded Danish skøge, Swedish sköka; probably from Middle Low German schoke, which is perhaps from schode "foreskin of a horse's penis," perhaps with the sense of "skin" (compare Latin scortum) or perhaps via an intermediary sense of "vagina." Spanish ramera, Portuguese ramiera are from fem. form of ramero "young bird of prey," literally "little branch," from ramo "branch." Breton gast is cognate with Welsh gast "bitch," of uncertain origin. Compare also strumpet, harlot.\n

\nOld Church Slavonic ljubodejica is from ljuby dejati "fornicate," a compound from ljuby "love" + dejati "put, perform." Russian bljad "whore" derives from Old Church Slavonic bladinica, from bladu "fornication." Polish nierządnica is literally "disorderly woman." Sanskrit vecya is a derivation of veca- "house, dwelling," especially "house of ill-repute, brothel." Another term, pumccali, means literally "one who runs after men." Avestan jahika is literally "woman," but only of evil creatures; another term is kunairi, from pejorative prefix ku- + nairi "woman."

whore

"to have to do with whores," 1580s, from whore (n.). Related: Whored; whoring.

Wiktionary
whore

n. 1 (context vulgar English) A prostitute. 2 (context vulgar pejorative English) A person who is considered to be sexually promiscuous (see also: slut). 3 (context vulgar English) A person who is unscrupulous, especially one who compromises their principles for gain. 4 (context vulgar English) A person who will violate behavioral standards to achieve something desired. 5 (context vulgar English) A contemptible person. 6 (context obsolete English) A mistress or wife. vb. 1 (context intransitive vulgar English) To prostitute oneself. 2 (context intransitive vulgar English) To engage the services of a prostitute. 3 (context transitive vulgar English) To pimp; to pander. 4 (context intransitive vulgar English) To pursue false gods. 5 (context intransitive vulgar English) To pursue false goals.

WordNet
whore

n. a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money [syn: prostitute, cocotte, harlot, bawd, tart, cyprian, fancy woman, working girl, sporting lady, lady of pleasure, woman of the street]

whore
  1. v. corrupt by lewd intercourse

  2. have unlawful sex with a whore

Wikipedia
Whore (disambiguation)

Whore generally refers to a prostitute.

Whore(s) may also refer to:

Whore (2004 film)

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Whore a.k.a. The Life ( Spanish title: Yo puta "I, whore") is a 2004 film directed by María Lidón. It is based on the book Yo puta by Isabel Pisano.

Whore (1991 film)

Whore is a 1991 British-American drama film directed by Ken Russell and starring Theresa Russell. The screenplay by Russell is based on David Hines' prize-winning monologue, Bondage. While not a financial success grossing a little over $1 million, the film did attract some positive notices, and generated an unrelated sequel, a 1994 film Whore II.

Whore (album)

Whore is the sixth and most recent studio album by Canadian singer Dalbello, released in 1996. It is a concept album and is notable for her direction change from electronic rock ( she) to a more avantgarde soundscape, mixing alternative rock with hard rock, metal, gothic rock and funk influences. The song "Eleven" was chosen and as album's lead single, and a promotional video was released. All songs from the album were written by Lisa Dalbello and her brother Stefano Dalbello, except for track 6, written by Stefano Dalbello and his wife Dani Elwell. Critically acclaimed, the album's singles received moderate airplay in Canada.

Lisa Dalbello says about the album:

Whore (2008 film)

Whore is a 2008 drama film co-starring, edited, written, produced and directed by Thomas Dekker. It was released on October 20, 2008.

Whore (In This Moment song)

"Whore" is a song by American band In This Moment. Released December 17, 2013, it is the third and final single released from their fourth studio album, Blood.

Usage examples of "whore".

Most of the immense, ugly structure, which had always looked like the box some other building had been shipped in, was now occupied only by tax accountants, 3V producers, whores, mosquitoes, anthologists, brokers, blimp-race betting agencies, public-relations firms, travel agents, and other telephone-booth Indians, plus hordes and torrents of plague-bearing brown rats and their starving fleas.

Only Doris and I arrived here, though I believe he meant to come, bringing another whore.

In this light, in this drizzle, with his legs and head still throbbing from the bringdown, New York had all the charm of a dead whore.

Mary, he told himself, knew decidedly more of whoring than of clerking, and as the mistress of a brothel as well as his bookkeeper she would be tied to him for ever.

No, the men want diseased mestiza whores from Tingo with bloody underpants, three-day-old makeup and sour mouths from cheap pisco.

He found out this afternoon that he has the HIV virus, which he probably contracted during ten years of mainlining crystal meth and fucking whores.

It was a dirty reeking room into which we entered, with men and women idling upon stools and cushions I know not if Daedalus could have made a labyrinth for such monsters, or Apelles have coloured such misshapes, but in plain sight they all took the form of pimps, strumpets and whores.

Some little maiden they had rescued from a mountebank, a traveller, a runaway, a whore.

I have to say that I never thought to find you in such a pother about an actress who doubles as a whore.

The queen made it plain that the whore would have nothing of her until she told them where Sansa Stark had gone.

If neither priest nor septon was on hand, one of the whores would run to the Ship and fetch back a mummer.

I am down on whores and I shant quit ripping them till I do get buckled.

Cheap whores, singly, coupled, shawled, dishevelled, call from lanes, doors, corners.

Sumomo reaching endlessly in her sleeve for the next shuriken, seeing only the great enemy lying helpless and his dimwitted whore who had caused this unnecessary conclusion gaping at her, a pillar of fear --but feeling no fear herself, only elation, sure that this was her zenith, the moment she had been born for and had trained all her life for, and that now, invincible champion of the shishi, she would conquer and, dying, live in legend forever .

Hiraga left, keeping his head on his tatami to hide the gnashing of his few remaining broken teeth, wanting to humble Hiraga, make him sweat, telling him, not sorry at all: oh so sorry, your late whore Koiko was implicated in the plot, so was your trained female assassin and wife-to-be Sumomo who had her head chopped off too, and your shishi supporter Meikin, mama-san to the most important men in Yedo--even Gyokoyama leaders--is not long for this earth because we surmise Yoshi knows all this too.