Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who wears a waistcoat as a principal garment, without a coat or upper gown; in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in London, a prostitute (probably from being so dressed).
- n. obsolete One wearing a waistcoat; especially, a woman wearing one uncovered, or thought fit for such a habit; hence, a loose woman; strumpet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete One wearing a waistcoat; esp., a woman wearing one uncovered, or thought fit for such a habit; hence, a loose woman; strumpet.
- waistcoat + -eer (Wiktionary)
“-- "I know the face of yonder waistcoateer," continued the guide;”
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