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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dame, doll, wench, skirt, chick, birdverb

    informal terms for a (young) woman

  2. wenchverb

    frequent prostitutes


  1. wenchnoun

    A young woman, especially a servant.

  2. wenchnoun

    A promiscuous woman.

  3. wenchverb

    To frequent prostitutes; to womanize.

  4. Etymology: wenche, short for wenchel child, from wencel; akin to wankōn

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WENCHnoun

    Etymology: wencle , Saxon.

    What do I, silly wench, know what love hath prepared for me? Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Now —— how dost thou look now? Oh ill-starr’d wench!
    Pale as thy smock! when we shall meet at compt,
    This look of thine will hurl my soul from heav’n,
    And fiends will snatch at it. Cold, cold, my girl,
    Ev’n like thy chastity. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Thou wouldst perswade her to a worse offence
    Than that, whereof thou didst accuse her wench. John Donne.

    But the rude wench her answer’d nought at all. Edmund Spenser.

    Do not play in wench-like words with that
    Which is so serious. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Men have these ambitious fancies,
    And wanton wenches read romances. Matthew Prior.

    It is not a digression to talk of bawds in a discourse upon wenches. Spectator, №. 266.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wenchnoun

    a young woman; a girl; a maiden

  2. Wenchnoun

    a low, vicious young woman; a drab; a strumpet

  3. Wenchnoun

    a colored woman; a negress

  4. Wenchverb

    to frequent the company of wenches, or women of ill fame

  5. Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wench

    wensh, n. a maid, damsel: a working-girl, a maid-servant: a lewd woman, a mistress, a whore.—v.i. to frequent the company of whores.—n. Wench′er, one who indulges in lewdness. [Perh. from the sing. of A.S. winclo, children, prob. wencel, weak, wancol, unstable.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wench in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wench in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of wench in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    Begin at Act II, Scene 2, line 242: Royal wench, she did lay great Caesar's sword to bed--he plowed her and she cropt.

  2. Benjamin Franklin:

    After three days men grow weary of a wench, a guest, and rainy weather.

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    ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding
    • A. mediocrity
    • B. purse
    • C. downsizing
    • D. nuisance

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