1. [early 16C–mid-19C] the female companion of a variety of mendicant villains; spec. a young woman, or an unattached woman, older than a dell n. (1) and younger than a mort n. (1)
2. [early 16C+] a general term, usu. derog., for a woman or girl, esp. a mistress.
3. [late 17C+] a prostitute.
[early 18C–early 19C] (UK Und.) the woman accomplice of a gang-leader (cf. arch-dell under dell n.).
of a man, to visit a brothel for sex.