• WordNet 3.6
    • v wench frequent prostitutes
    • n wench informal terms for a (young) woman
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wench A colored woman; a negress.
    • Wench A low, vicious young woman; a drab; a strumpet. "She shall be called his wench or his leman.""It is not a digression to talk of bawds in a discourse upon wenches ."
    • Wench A young woman; a girl; a maiden. "Lord and lady, groom and wench .""That they may send again
      My most sweet wench , and gifts to boot."
      "He was received by the daughter of the house, a pretty, buxom, blue-eyed little wench ."
    • v. i Wench wĕnch To frequent the company of wenches, or women of ill fame.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wench l. A child (of either sex).
    • n wench A female child; a girl; a maid or damsel; a young woman in general. [Wench had originally no depreciatory implication, and continued to be used in a respectful sense, especially as a familiar term, long after it had acquired such an implication in specific employment; and it is still commonly so used in provincial English, and sometimes archaically in literature.]
    • n wench Specifically.
    • n wench A girl or young woman of a humble order or class; especially, a maidservant; a working-girl.
    • n wench A lewd or immodest woman; a mistress; a concubine; a strumpet.
    • n wench A colored woman of any age; a negress or mulattress, especially one in service.
    • wench To consort with strumpets.
    • n wench An obsolete form of winch for wince.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wench wensh a maid, damsel: a working-girl, a maid-servant: a lewd woman, a mistress, a whore
    • v.i Wench to frequent the company of whores
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wenche, for older wenchel, a child, originally, weak, tottering; cf. AS. wencle, a maid, a daughter, wencel, a pupil, orphan, wincel, winclu, children, offspring, wencel, weak, wancol, unstable, OHG. wanchol,; perhaps akin to E. wink,. See Wink


In literature:

You, a kitchen-wench, to be sitting at this table smiling at your betters!
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
My Time was taken up in carrying Letters to Wenches, or Messages to young Ladies of my Master's Acquaintance.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
A great big bouncin' wench as ever I did see, wi' her red head an' all.
"North, South and Over the Sea" by M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
I told thee, wench, did I not?
"The Nest of the Sparrowhawk" by Baroness Orczy
Young men was called 'bucks' and young women 'wenches'.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Mr. Musgrave is soliciting a kitchen-wench.
"Nancy" by Rhoda Broughton
A comely wench she was, though she luffed athwart all her old companions, when the young lord of the manor fell into her wake.
"The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas" by James Fenimore Cooper
When the kitchen wench broke a crock, it was because I looked at it.
"A Reputed Changeling" by Charlotte M. Yonge
That vile wench lets you see all my scribbles, I believe; how do you know I took care your hair should not be spoiled?
"The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54"
Good lookin' Spanish wench.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman

In poetry:

The little street wenches,
The holy and clean,
Live as good neighbours live
under the green.
"In the Dim Counties" by John Shaw Neilson
Let country wenches make 'em fine
With posies, since 'tis fitter
For thee with richest gems to shine,
And like the stars to glitter.
"A Dialogue betwixt himself and Mistress Eliza Wheeler, under the name of Amarillis" by Robert Herrick
"Therefore I'm come to-night, sweet wench,
I would not idly thus intrude,"—
Mary look'd downward on the bench,
O'erpower'd by love and gratitude.
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield
"I'll borrow," that's the best thought yet;
Mary shall save the horse's life.—
Kind-hearted wench! what, run in debt
Before I know she'll be my wife?
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield
Her lover was fickle and fine and French:
It was nearly a hundred years ago
When he sailed away from her arms--poor wench!--
With the Admiral Rochambeau.
"A Newport Romance" by Francis Bret Harte
Upon reflection, he thought best
To turn deception to a jest.
The wench had pleasures to bestow;
He'd not consent to let her go.
'Twas only, if he'd his desire,
Raising his abbey three feet higher.
"King Edgar And The Servant Girl" by William Hutton

In news:

Costumed knights, fair maidens, knaves and wenches will be on hand for the 19th annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival Friday, Oct 5 through Sunday, Oct 7 at Silver Bowl Park, 6800 E Russell Road, due to the renovation of Sunset Park.
Knights clash, wenches get drenched at the Warren County Renaissance Faire.
Knights battles, wenches got drenched , arrows were launched and more at the first day of the Warren County 4-H Teen Council's third annual Renaissance Faire at the Warren County Fairgrounds.
Octoberfest 2012 Beer Wench Champion - 19 Mugs O'Beer (Hello Guiness Book Of World Records).
The Juicy Tale of Naughty Nurse Meets Pirate Wench.
From Captain Jack Sparrow look-alikes to corset-wearing wenches the ten day event draws crowds of people in pirate garb to the village in the heart of the 1000 Island region.
asks a serving wench bearing a tray full of goblets.
Jessica was a newcomer to the competition and proved that even the rookies are rugged wenches .
Wench By Dolen Perkins-Valdez Amistad, 290 pp.
If You Watch for a Wench , You Might Miss Your Mrs. Search All NYTimes.com.
You want to know what I like most about this lusty young wench.
Tonight's "Real Housewives of New Jersey" snarkfest will be abbreviated thanks to my MTV Video Music Awards blogging duties and some wench named Irene.
It was another close competition in Chippewa Bay this year at the sixth annual Rugged Wench timed obstacle course.
Jon and I both joke about my childhood with The Captain and Bar Wench.
Nor would you expect wenches, wastrels, minstrels, and marauders.