1. [mid-16C–early 19C] a young woman on the tramp, spec. a young or ‘unbroken’ (i.e. virgin) prostitute; thus wild dell, such a young woman conceived or born under a hedge.
2. [late 18C] a prostitute.
[early 18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) the woman accomplice of a criminal gang-leader (cf. doxy n.).