woman, who receives profit from sexual service, one who lives partly or wholly on prostitution.
ETYMOLOGY: From the Latin prostituere , to expose publicly, to offer for sale by public exposure.
See prostitute [SYN] for synonyms.
(2) Prostitute Vantine (Jean Harlow) stranded in Indochina, introduces herself to rubber plantation workers McQuarg (Tully Marshall) and Dennis Carson (Clark Gable) in Red Dust (1932): ' I'm Pollyanna, the glad girl. '
(3) Madeline/Shanghai Lily (Marlene Dietrich) to Doc/Captain Donald Harvey (Clive Brook) in Shanghai Express (1932): ' It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily.'
(4) Nan Prescott (Joan Blondell) to Vivian Rich (Claire Dodd) in Footlight Parade (1933): ' As long as they have sidewalks, you've got a job.'
(7) Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982): ' It was a street of frustrated hopes and broken dreams. Everything was cheap and cut-rate. Even the prostitutes were having a sale.'
(9) Murderer Peter Cable (Charles Cioffi) to prostitute Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda) in Klute (1971): ' You're all obviously too lazy and too warped to do anything meaningful with your life so you pray on the sexual fantasies of others. That's your stock and trade, isn't it, a man's weakness and I was never fully aware of mine until you brought them out.'
(10) Joke: ' Definition of a prostitute; a receiver of swollen goods.'
Add or improve a definition