Green’s Dictionary of Slang

whore n.

[rooted in SE whore, but carrying no commercial overtones]

1. a general derog. term of address, irrespective of sex.

[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Young Manhood in Studs Lonigan (1936) 220: ‘Get home, you whore!’ he said.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 146: To get rid of the old whore, I took them.
[US]B. Malamud Tenants (1972) 123: But now I’m gon call you a fartn shiteater faggot whore kike apeshit thievin Jew.
[US]G.A. Fine With the Boys 170: Whore, n. Disliked or ugly girl.
Online Sl. Dict. 🌐 whore 1. a greeting, usually between males. (‘What’s up, whore!’) 2. a friendly insult, usually between males. (‘Leave me alone, whore!’).
[US]Ebonics Primer at 🌐 whore Definition: [...] 3. a term of contempt from one male to another.

2. in cards, the queen.

[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 149: ‘Two whores,’ Maggio said, flipping over with its mate the queen he had for hole card.
[US]L. Uris Battle Cry (1964) 145: A bullet, another bullet, six, whore, jack.

3. (US prison) a passive male homosexual, a catamite.

[US]J. Blake ‘Ex Post Facto’ in Joint (1972) 55: Either you’re my old lady or you’re a whore. If you’re a whore, they’ll grind you up. As soon as I can buy a two-man cell, we’ll move out of here and lock together.

4. a promiscuous woman, but not necessarily, and not even usu., an actual prostitute; also of homosexual men.

[UK]A. Sillitoe Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 65: A thin, vicious, rat-faced whore.
[US]R. Abrahams Deep Down In The Jungle 131: The bed gave a twist, the springs gave a twistle. / I throwed nine inches of joint to the whore before she could move a gristle.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 213: [of a gay man] whore [...] 1. (n) man-hungry man.
[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 69: whore n Promiscuous female, but not a prostitute.
[UK]S. Berkoff West in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 108: Dancing out all night with stinking whores no doubt.
(con. 1940s) F. Wheen Soul of Indiscretion (2001) 187: [of male homosexuals] ‘Och, ye bastards,’ a gruff Scottish voice called out, ‘ye dirty pair o’ whoors’.
[US]W.T. Vollmann Whores for Gloria 33: His broad whore-wife they called the Hog.
[UK]Guardian 26 June 21: Teenage girls wearing kinderwhore dresses [...] and oversized T shirts emblazoned with the words ‘WHORE.’.

5. (US black) a girlfriend.

[US]R. Abrahams Deep Down In The Jungle 132: I had a cute little whore, throwed me out in the cold. / When I asked her why, she said, ‘Our love is growing old.’.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

whorebag (n.) (also horbag)

1. an unattractive woman, poss. a prostitute or promiscuous.

[Aus]Tracks (Aus.) May 32: Me and the lads used to go down to King’s Beach (Caloundra) for a smoke and a gang with the local snatch. (Girl, or commonly known as horbag) [Moore 1993].
[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 78: Being shafted by a mongoloid whorebag pumping a strap-on Donkey Long Intruder up his starfish didn’t even bare thinking about.
M. Anwari Circumstantiality 2: Shouting in the streets about how he shouldn't have trusted his whorebag of a wife Millie with his money.

2. a promiscuous man.

‘Mima’ Spark Before the Fire 262: ‘You fucking whorebag. It’s just a matter of time before you fuck some dirty assed skank and catch something.’ ‘Nah, I have a girlfriend now.’ Jimmy admitted.
whore car (n.)

(US) an unmarked car used by police to patrol street prostitutes.

[US]C. Cooper Jr Weed (1998) 219: Did you see the whore car when you came in?
whore-chaser (n.)

(US black) a womanizer, whether pursuing actual prostitutes or merely available women.

[US] ‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.
J. Dunphy Jopn Fury 125: You think everybody’s a whore chaser like yerself, doncha?
L. Short Paper Sheriff 135: Her father was a shiftless fraud, her brother a lazy whore-chaser, her uncle a killer and her cousins illiterate clods.
E.N. Bracey Petrified Life 149: You’re nothing but a philandering whore-chaser.
H. Shelton Haphazard Justice 262: It makes me look like a whore chaser and a woman beater.
whoredog (n.) (US campus)

1. an unrespectable or criminal person.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Nov. 5: whore dog – real low life human being. Usually used playfully among friends.
D. Winslow Cool Breeze on the Underground n.p.: Triple poxy whoredog asswipe. ‘Did he leave a forwardin’ address?’.

2. a promiscuous woman.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 8: An older, more experienced slut puppy is a whore dog.
T. Hammill Perfect Piece 71: ‘Hey whoredog, we said you dropped something.’ Oh my no, that word, no, [...] shit, they saw they saw your tongue in my mouth.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 52: A ‘forward or wanton woman’ of the 1990s is a whoredog.
[Aus]K. Fritz Cross Over 51: She had made a conscious effort to acknowledge the women as well, so as not to give off the persona of some whoredog.

3. one who pursues prostitutes.

J. Charyn Darlin’ Bill 65: It’s Emilia's business . . . she can have the whoredog of Texas.
[US]W.T. Vollmann Royal Family 4: Tonight he was a nasty old whoredog. —Let’s see what you look like naked, he said.
M.A. Hemmingsen William T Vollmann 124: Vollmann, swashbuckling whoredog, war correspondent, quixotic freedom fighter, gun aficionado and fiction prodigy.
whore-eater (n.)

a pimp.

[UK]C. Walker Authentick Memoirs of Sally Salisbury 106: The expense so drain’d her Pocket, that being behind-hand in her Weekly Payments to Mr. Whore-Eater the Tallyman, he employ’d Mr. Cannibal to arrest and put her into Hell upon Earth, alias the Marshalsea, to do Penance there.
whore-hopper (n.) (also whore-fucker) [hop v.1 (8)]

(US) a sexually voracious man who frequently visits prostitutes; thus whorehop v.

[[UK]J. Wilson Cheats IV ii: The father of this is the devil; the mother, his dam; its brothers and sisters, the tribe of whore-hoppers; the wind carries it from bawdy-house, to bawdy-house, and the nurse, thereof, is a suburb-tantrum!].
[US]N. Algren Never Come Morning (1988) 25: I say let’s get half a dog by Rostenkowski’s [...] ’n go whorehoppin’ afters by Mama Tomek.
[US]C. Willinghanm End as a Man (1952) 39: This kid wasn’t any whore-hopper like you, Albert.
[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 139: ‘Well, who are you?’ I said, ‘I’m a whore-fucker and a gambler, / card-bender and a rambler.’.
[US]H.S. Thompson Hell’s Angels (1967) 163: Freebooters, armed and drunk – a legion of gamblers, brawlers and whorehoppers.
[US]Harper’s Mag. May 63: I ain’t no whore-hopper.
A. Taylor Rose 82: Vannoy is an immoral man, a whore-hopper.
C. Coonce Sex & Travel 50: Bedding down with a drunken imperialist whore-hopper cannot go unpunished, can it?
whorehound (n.) [-hound sfx]

a man who enjoys sex with prostitutes.

[[UK]Middleton Chaste Maid in Cheapside [dramatis personae] Sir Walter Whorehound].
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US](ref. to 1929) K.S. Lynn Hemingway 382: In addition to eliminating shit, fuck, son of a bitch, whore, whore- hound, balls, cocksucker, and Jesus Christ [etc.].
C.S. Wilson House on Telegraph Hill 78: He’s nothing but a filthy whore-hound, he smells like a whore.
N. Chan Bad Samaritan n.p.: He’s a pathologically dishonest, substance-abusing whore-hound.

see separate entries.

whore-pipe (n.) [pipe n.1 (2a)]

the penis.

[UK] ‘Lord Rochester against his Whore-Pipe’ in Rochester & Others Works (1739) 202: Was ever Mortal Man like me, Continually in Jeopardy, And always, silly Pipe, by thee! Tis strange you should be still so stout! Have you forgot the double Clout, That lately swath’d your dropping Snout?
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn).
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
whore’s bird (n.) [bird n.1 ]

a term of abuse; a debauchee.

Bale Englishe Votaries Pt 2 D3v: Such an whores byrde, bastarde straunger, and enemye obtayned the crowne, as brought Englyshe people in most myserable subieccyon.
[[UK]J. Taylor Reuenge in Works (1630) II 144: Amongst your kitchingstuffe whor-hedge bird rout].
[UK]J. Phillips Maronides (1678) VI 135: He, whore, or whores bird chuse you whether, / Some say he’s both, some say he’s neither.
[UK]G. Meriton In Praise of York-shire Ale 74: [She] cud not git him off thy Belly Jade, Till thou was forced to cry out for Aide, And than th’ whorsbird thy Daughter Jan com in And pould him of.
[Ire]‘Mac O Bonniclabbero of Drogheda’ Bog Witticisms LV 53: I’le cure the heat of your P---, you Whores Bird with a Vengeance.
[UK]J. Eachard (trans.) Plautus’s Rudens II iv: I believe the Whore’s-bud has drunk more than he cou’d bear.
[UK]J. Dunton Night-Walker Oct. 2: Our ordinary proverb, that a Whoresbird by night will be a Hedgebird by day has often proved true.
[UK]Richardson Clarissa V 136: A whore’s-bird!
[Scot]Scots Mag. 3 Mar. 37/2: A sad dirty whore’s bird.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 183: I see / Two whores birds coming full at thee.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: whoresbird a debauched fellow, the largest of all birds.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Mar. V 325/2: His masyter [...] called him names [...] such as ‘whore’s bird and hang-gallows.’.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 352: I’ll tell thee where the whore’s-birds make / Their strongest push the town to take.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 194: Whore’s-bird a bastard, a despicable fellow.
[UK]‘May Day Morning’ in Capt. Morris’s Songs in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 223: When the damsels called out for a hop, / To finish the evening the quicker, / But damn the whore’s bird could advance, / They were all so concerned in liquor.
whore’s curse (n.) [the going rate for a prostitute’s favours was half a guinea (10s 6d), the gold coin worth 5s 3d was substituted by mean customers who liked to be seen giving the woman gold, but saw no reason to be over-generous]

5s. 3d. (26p), thus presumably the telling-off one received for offering only 5s. 3d.

[UK]Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 55: She will walk from Charing Cross to the ’Change and back to get a curse (a whore’s curse, we mean 5s. 3d).
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Whores curse, a piece of gold coin, value five shillings and three pence, frequently given to women of the town by such as professed always to give gold, and who before the introduction of those pieces always gave half a guinea.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
whore’s ghost (n.) (Irish)

anything seen as intractable or obnoxious.

[Ire](con. 1940s) N. Conway Bloods 119: Now the properly laid out [commando] course is a whore’s ghost.
whore splash (n.) (also whore’s bath, whore’s wash)

a brief, cursory wash, often a quick shower, as taken by a prostitute between clients; also in non-prostitution use.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 237/1: Whore’s bath. (P) A light sponge-bath, usually with cold water, taken in one’s cell.
[US]L. Uris Battle Cry (1964) 244: We all took whore’s baths in half-helmets of water.
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 31: Women seem to have invented, and been the exclusive users of, several terms for a quick or ‘important’ wash [...] ‘A Mary Pickford in three acts’ (face/neck, privates, feet) was one of these; a ’whore’s bath’ and ‘to take an APC’ (armpits and crotch) were others.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 122: Dude’s got more than whore splash comin.
[UK]D. MacShane Prison Diaries n.p.: I give myself the so-called whore’s wash of a wet flannel over face, armpits and groin.
[Aus]G. Disher Kill Shot [ebook] [H]e gave himself a whore’s wash at a laundry sink.

In phrases

cry whore (v.) [lit. to accuse someone of being a prostitute]

to put the blame on.

[UK]Behn Town-Fop IV iii: She cries whore first, brings him upon his knees for her fault; and a piece of plate, or a new petticoat, makes his peace again.
[UK]Swift Polite Conversation in Works (1814) 382: Nay, miss, you cried whore first, when you talked of the knapsack.
demure as an old whore at a christening (adj.) (also a harlot...)

extremely demure and well-behaved.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Demure As demure as an old whore at a christening.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1788].
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1788].
[UK]Navy at Home II 126: Hallo youngster! why you’re as solemn ‘as a w—e at a christening’.
[US]T. Haliburton Clockmaker II 137: He looked as demure as a harlot at christening’.