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

  • n. A young woman or girl, especially a peasant girl.
  • n. A woman servant.
  • n. A wanton woman.
  • intransitive v. To consort or engage in sex with wanton women. Used of a man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young woman, especially a servant.
  • n. A promiscuous woman.
  • v. To frequent prostitutes; to womanize.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young woman; a girl; a maiden.
  • n. A low, vicious young woman; a drab; a strumpet.
  • n. A colored woman; a negress.
  • intransitive v. To frequent the company of wenches, or women of ill fame.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. l. A child (of either sex).
  • n. A female child; a girl; a maid or damsel; a young woman in general.
  • n. Specifically
  • n. A girl or young woman of a humble order or class; especially, a maidservant; a working-girl.
  • n. A lewd or immodest woman; a mistress; a concubine; a strumpet.
  • n. A colored woman of any age; a negress or mulattress, especially one in service.
  • To consort with strumpets.
  • n. An obsolete form of winch for wince.

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

  • n. informal terms for a (young) woman
  • v. frequent prostitutes


Middle English, short for wenchel, child, from Old English wencel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English wenche, short for wenchel child, from Old English wencel; akin to Old High German wankōn ("to totter") (Wiktionary)



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  • We have all our weak side, as you well know. Tell me where Signor de Santillane is fallible. Is he fond of play? does he wench? On what lay are his snug little vices?

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 9 ch. 1

    October 7, 2008