Green’s Dictionary of Slang

whore n.

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

1. [20C+] a general derog. term of address, irrespective of sex.

2. [1950s] in cards, the queen.

3. [1950s] (US prison) a passive male homosexual, a catamite.

4. [1950s+] a promiscuous woman, but not necessarily, and not even usu., an actual prostitute; also of homosexual men.

5. [1960s] (US black) a girlfriend.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

whorebag (n.) (also horbag)

1. [2000s] an unattractive woman, poss. a prostitute or promiscuous.

2. a promiscuous man.

whore car (n.)

[1960s] (US) an unmarked car used by police to patrol street prostitutes.

whore-chaser (n.)

[1960s] (US black) a womanizer, whether pursuing actual prostitutes or merely available women.

whoredog (n.) [1980s+] (US campus)

1. an unrespectable or criminal person.

2. a promiscuous woman.

3. one who pursues prostitutes.

whore-eater (n.)

[early 18C] a pimp.

whore-hopper (n.) (also whore-fucker) [hop v.1 (8)]

[1940s+] (US) a sexually voracious man who frequently visits prostitutes; thus whorehop v.

whorehound (n.) [-hound sfx]

[1940s+] a man who enjoys sex with prostitutes.


see separate entries.

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

[late 18C–early 19C] the penis.

whore’s bird (n.) [bird n.1 ]

[mid-16C–early 19C] a term of abuse; a debauchee.

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]

[late 18C–early 19C] 5s. 3d. (26p), thus presumably the telling-off one received for offering only 5s. 3d.

whore’s ghost (n.) (Irish)

[1970s+] anything seen as intractable or obnoxious.

whore splash (n.) (also whore’s bath, whore’s wash)

[1950s+] a brief, cursory wash, often a quick shower, as taken by a prostitute between clients; also in non-prostitution use.

In phrases

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

[mid-17C–18C] to put the blame on.

demure as an old whore at a christening (adj.) (also a harlot...)

[early 18C+] extremely demure and well-behaved.

sings more like a whore’s bird than a canary bird

[late 18C–early 19C] a phr. said of one who has a strong, manly voice.