from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A contemptible or detestable person.
- adj. Abominable; detestable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An illegitimate child born of unwed parents.
- n. The son of a prostitute.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bastard; colloquially, a low, scurvy fellow; -- used generally in contempt, or in coarse humor. Also used adjectively.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bastard: used generally in contempt, or in coarse familiarity, and without exactness of meaning.
- Bastard-like; mean; scurvy: used in contempt, or in coarse familiarity, and applied to persons or things.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
- n. insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous
It is also exceedingly amusing to note how the old adjective "whoreson" bothers M. de Chatelain, who seems to consider it a word of weight and meaning.
“Sweet Jesu, Thomas,” Robert cried, “let me slice this evil whoreson!”
“Are you just going to leave me here to rot or are you going to give me a chance to help you bring down that miserable whoreson who calls himself my uncle?”
You are too much for me Ennis, you son of a whoreson bitch ...
Something like calling someone a whoreson, I suppose.
I saw Pinch gaping even as he hammered on the drum, and I went and danced before him, staring until he lowered his eyes, while I sang, Whoreson, whoreson, whoreson! and fizzed with laughter.
“This whoreson talks too much,” Lucien said, then with a bellow he spurred his horse forward, swinging sword and axe in a whirl of steel.
Out of my way, you scurvy knave, whoreson dog, cream faced loon...
Thereupon his rage redoubled and he struck hand upon hand exclaiming, By Allah! in my life never saw I a whoreson like this slave; and he saith this is but a half lie!
Thereupon he turned away and said to himself, “If this one be a whoreson knave and deny himself, another may not prove himself such knave and whoreson.”