A Dictionary of the English Language
                        A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson
        Search Transcribed Entries:

Wench

View Scan · View Transcription · from page 2262

View Scan · View Transcription · from page 2262

Wench. n.s. [wencle, Saxon.]

  1. A young woman.

    What do I, silly wench, know what love hath prepared for me? 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.
    Shakesp. Othello.

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

  2. A young woman in contempt; a strumpet.

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

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

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

  3. A strumpet.

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

Sources: Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Donne, John (44) · Shakespeare's Othello (60) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Spectator (140) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Steele, Richard (15)

Attributes: No attributes defined yet for this entry.

Search for this word in: American Heritage · Cambridge · Dictionary.com · The Free Dictionary · Longman · Merriam-Webster · OneLook · Oxford Dictionaries · Vocabulary.com · Wiktionary · Wordnik

Discuss this entry in the forums.

Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Wench." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 5, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2369.


Leave a Reply


Disclaimer:
johnsonsdictionaryonline.com is completely free to use. Johnson's dictionary is in the public domain, but please respect the hours of work put into this site by linking to it or crediting it. This site assumes no liability for its content or for the content of external sites linked to it, and has no warranty or guarantee concerning accuracy or availability.