from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The practice of accepting payment in exchange for sexual relations; prostitution.
  • n. Unlawful sexual relations.
  • n. Promiscuous sex.
  • n. Bible Unfaithfulness to God; idolatry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the state of being a whore; prostitution

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The practice of unlawful intercourse with the other sex; fornication; lewdness.
  • n. The sin of worshiping idols; idolatry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Prostitution of the body for hire; in general, the practice of unlawful sexual commerce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. offering sexual intercourse for pay


Middle English hordom, from Old Norse hōrdōmr; see kā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English horedom ("sexual indulgence; prostitution, fornication, adultery"); equivalent to whore +‎ -dom. (Wiktionary)



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