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Meaning of WENCH

Pronunciation:  wench

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  informal terms for a (young) woman
  2. [v]  frequent prostitutes

WENCH is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: bird, chick, dame, doll, skirt
 See Also: fille, fornicate, girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wench\, n. [OE. wenche, for older wenchel a child,
    originally, weak, tottering; cf. AS. wencle a maid, a
    daughter, wencel a pupil, orphan, wincel, winclu, children,
    offspring, wencel weak, wancol unstable, OHG. wanchol;
    perhaps akin to E. wink. See {Wink}.]
    1. A young woman; a girl; a maiden. --Shak.
             Lord and lady, groom and wench.       --Chaucer.
             That they may send again My most sweet wench, and
             gifts to boot.                        --Chapman.
             He was received by the daughter of the house, a
             pretty, buxom, blue-eyed little wench. --W. Black.
    2. A low, vicious young woman; a drab; a strumpet.
             She shall be called his wench or his leman.
             It is not a digression to talk of bawds in a
             discourse upon wenches.               --Spectator.
    3. A colored woman; a negress. [U. S.]
  2. \Wench\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wenched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To frequent the company of wenches, or women of ill fame.