from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A female pimp; a bawd.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A female procurer, or pander.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A female procurer.

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

  • noun a woman pimp


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  • Foreign Office papers showed they were egging on the Libyans and the Scots like a procuress in some ghastly 16th century painting, trying to drag a poor innocent girl into a young buck's bed.

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  • Not only is she not intimidated by her mother's authourity and threats, she challenges the older woman, telling her that her procuress-like speech on how risks are necessary for richness "is a pretty saying of a wicked one/but methinks now/it does not show so well out of your mouth;/better in his" (2. 1.177-180).

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  • In his marvelous September 2006 take on Gygax and D&D from The Believer, Paul La Farge brings up a fairly amazing bit of D&D lore, the Harlot Encounter table, with its 12 varieties of prostitute from "typical streetwalker" to "wealthy procuress."

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  • The false ascetic, the perfidious and murderous crone and the old hag-procuress who pimps like Umm Kulsum,341 for mere pleasure, in the luxury of sin, are drawn with an experienced and loving hand.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then comes a man of the name of Aubriot, a godson of the procuress Tourtera, and completely under her guidance.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • So I find I am got into the hands of a wicked procuress; and if


  • I will only add (and send all my three letters together), that we all blame you in some degree for bearing the wicked Jewkes in your sight, after her most impudent assistance in his lewd attempt; much less, we think, ought you to have left her in her place, and rewarded her; for her vileness could hardly be equalled by the worst actions of the most abandoned procuress.


  • Mrs. Anne Turner was a dame somewhat of the occupation of Mrs. Suddlechop in the text; that is, half milliner half procuress, and secret agent in all manner of proceedings.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Upon which, without waiting for a reply, she goes out, and returns with this very honourable gentleman, whose very honourable procuress she had been, on this as well as other occasions.

    Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

  • As the first steps towards the execution of this honest scheme, he had subjected Aurelia to the superintendency and direction of an old duenna, who had been formerly the procuress of his pleasures; and hired a new set of servants, who were given to understand, at their first admission, that the young lady was disordered in her brain.

    The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves


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  • First time I ever saw this word was in sionnach's definition for celestina, for which 'procuress' is apparently a synonym. It has a pleasantly Victorian sound, I think.

    August 29, 2007

  • And suggests the cognate procuratrix

    August 13, 2018