Sexual DictionaryDictionary of the F-Word


A house or similar locale for prostitutes to receive customers and ply their trade either as employees or on commission; a house-of-prostitution . See brothel [SYN] for synonyms.
Etymology: From the Old English breothan , meaning to go to ruin. In the 14 th century, a worthless person (male or female); in the 15 th century, a gender switch had occurred and the term referred to a female prostitute ; also in the 15 th century it referred to a prostitute ; in the 16 th century it came to mean a prostitutes place of work .

Quote: Boris (Woody Allen) in Love and Death (1975): ' I went to a brothel once in my life . I got hiccups. It was over like ... (snaps his fingers) that .'

Synonyms: cat-flat, cow-bag, cunny-warren, goosing-slum, heifer-barn, house-of-ill-fame, house-of-lewdness, joint, meat-house, notcherie (notchery), nugging-house, nugging-ken, nunnery, occupying-house, old-ladies-homes, pad, panel-house, parlor-house, pheasantry, place, place-of-sixpenny-sinfulness, play-center, assignation-house, bawd's-house, bull pen (bullpen), button-factory, camp, couple-house, coupling-house, crib-house, fancy-house, flash-crib, flash-ken, flower house (male), girly-parlor, gooseberry-ranch, house-of-fame, house-of-ill-repute, pushing-academy, pussy-palace, sink-of-iniquity, spoiling-house, temple-of-love, vaulting-house, whorehouse, whoretel, accommodation-house, bag-shanty, bagnio, bawdy house (bawdyhouse), bawdy ken, blacksmith's shop, body rud (or shop), broad-house, brothel(-house), buttocking-shop, cab-joint, joint), cannery, cat house (cathouse), cavaulting-school, chicken-ranch, chippie house (-joint), chippy-house (-joint), corinth, creep-house, crib, crystal-palace, cunt warren, flash-house, fish-pound, flesh-factory, fornix, franzy house, fuckery, gaff, gay-house, gentoo-house, hardware-shop, hog-ranch, hooker-shop, hot-house, house-of-assignation, house-of-delight, house-of-enjoyment, house-of-profession, house-of-prostitution, house-of-ill-delight, house-of-joy, house-of-vulgar-resort, hummums, immoral-house, kip(-house -shop), kit-kat-club, knocking-joint, ladies'-academy, ladies'-boarding-house, learning-house, maison-de-tolérance, moll-shop, molly-house, monkey-house, nanny, nautch-house, nautch-joint, no-tell-hotel, barrelhouse, beauty-parlor, beaver-base, bed-house, benny house (male), berker, bird-cage, blind pig (or tiger), bordel, bordello, boum-boum-parlor, buttocking-ken, buttonhole factory, caithouse, cake-shop, call house (flat, can-house, caso, chamber-of-commerce, clap-trap, creep-joint, cunt-shop, damerie (dame-erie), den-(of-sin), disorderly-house, dive, ficaro, fish-market, flash-panny, flesh-market, flesh-pot, fuck-house, funhouse, girl-shop, gooseberry-den, grinding-house, hand-job-house, hen-house, hook house (joint / shop), horehouse, house-of-civil-reception, house-of-pleasure, house-of-sin, intimaterie, Irish-clubhouse, jab-joint, jag house (male), jazz-joint, juke-house, knocking-house, knocking-shop, leisure-spa, loose-love-center, lupanar, maison-de-joie, man-trap, massage-parlor, naughty-house, notch-house, notch-joint, academy, band-box, bitchery, bodikin, bull ring (clamp), carsey, common-house, den-of-iniquity, doss (house), garden-house, girlery, goat-house, goosing-ranch, hot-hole, house-in-the-suburbs, house-of-convenience, jacksie, joy-house, ladies-college, lewd-house, mot-house, nanny-house, onery-house, peg house (male), place-of-sixpence-sinfulness, poontang-palace, red-lighterie, rub-parlor, seraglietto, seraglio, sin-spot, telephone-house, Temple-of-Venus, trick-pad, trugging-house, trugging-ken, vaulting-school, walk up, wank-house, warm-shop, warren, whore-shop, window tappery, women's college, wop-shop, working-rooms, workshop, zoo, badhouse, band-house, bat-house, boom-boom-room, bumshop, casa, cow-yard, dirty-spot, dress-house, escort service (or agency), family-hotel, fast-house, flea-and-louse, flophouse, Frenchery, house-of-all-nations, house-of-call, house-of-sale, house-of-shame, house-of-tolerance, ice-palace, leaping-house, meat-factory, nanny-shop, punch-house, public-house, pushing-school, questionable-resort, rap-club, rap-parlor, rap-studio, red-scatter, red-light (house), relief-massage, rib-joint, rub-a-tug-shop, scatter, School-of-Venus, service-station, shanty, shooting-gallery, show house (male), sin-bin, skin-room, slaughterhouse, slut-hut, smoongy, snake-pit, snake-ranch, snoozing-ken, snuggling-ken, spintry (male), sporting-house, steer-joint, stew(s), sugar-hill, timothy, tittery, toles-d'abattage, touch-crib

See Also: abbess, abbesse, abbot, academy, accommodation house, aphrodette, ashes hauled, assignation house, badhouse, bag shanty, bagnio, band, band-box, band-house, barrelhouse, bat house, bawd, bawd's house, bawdy house, beauty parlor, beaver base, bed house, benny house, berker, bird cage, birdcage, bitchery, blacksmiths shop, blind pig, blind tiger, blowen, blue chamber district, bodikin, body shop, boom boom room, bordel, bordello, boum-boum parlor, boy brothel, boy's smoking house, breeder, broad house, brothel, brothel creeper, brothel sprout, brothel sprouts, brothel-house, brothel-keeper, brothel-keeping, bull ring, bull-ring clamp, bum-fighter, bumshop, buttocking ken, buttocking shop, button factory, cab-joint, cab-moll, caithouse, cake-shop, call house, call joint, can house, cannery, carsey, casa, case keeper, caso, cat flat, cat house, cavaulting school, chamber of commerce, chicken ranch, chippie house, chippie joint, chippy-chaser, chippy-house, chippy-joint, clap trap, claptrap, cock bawd, common house, company, Convent Garden, corinth, Corinthian, couple house, coupling house, Covent Garden, Covent Garden abbess, Covent Garden lady, Covent Garden nun, cow yard, cow-bag, creep house, creep-joint, crib, crib-house, crystal palace, cunny-warren, cunt shop, cunt-warren, damerie, den (of sin), den of iniquity, dirty spot, disorderly house, dive, doss, doss house, dress-house, escort agency, escort service, essayeur, fag factory, family hotel, fancy house, fast-house, ficaro, fish market, fish pound, flash crib, flash house, flash ken, flash man, flash panny, flea and louse, fleabag, flesh factory, flesh market, fleshpot, flophouse, flower house, fornicate, fornix, Frenchery, frenzy house, fuck luck, fuck-house, fuckery, funhouse, gaff, garden house, gay house, gay in the legs, gaying instrument, gentleman of the road, gentoo house, girl-shop, girlery, girly parlor, goat house, gonk, gooseberry den, gooseberry ranch, goosing ranch, goosing slum, governess, grinding house, grinding shop, hand job house, hardware shop, heifer barn, hen house, hog ranch, hook house, hook joint, hook shop, hooker shop, horehouse, hot hole, hot house, house, house in the suburbs, house of all nations, house of assignation, house of call, house of civil reception, house of convenience, house of delight, house of enjoyment, house of fame, house of ill delight, house of ill fame, house of ill repute, house of joy, house of lewdness, house of pleasure, house of profession, house of prostitution, house of sale, house of shame, house of sin, house of tolerance, house of vulgar resort, house split, house-mother, housekeeper, housemother, hummums, ice palace, immoral house, in the kip, intimaterie, Irish clubhouse, jab joint, jacksie, jazz joint, joint, joy house, jug hack, juice peddler, juke house, kip, kip-house, kip-shop, kit kat club, knocking-house, knocking-joint, knocking-shop, ladies college, ladies' academy, ladies' boarding house, Lady Abbess, landlady, leaping-house, learning house, leisure spa, lewd house, lighthouse, line, log in, loose-love center, lupanar, madam, Madame Orr's House, maison de joie, maison de tolérance, mama-san, man trap, mangle, mantrap, market dame, massage parlor, meat factory, meat market, meat-house, menu, moll house, moll-shop, molly house, molly shop, monkey-house, mot house, mother abbess, mother midnight, mother superior, nanny-house, nanny-shop, naughty-house, nautch house, nautch joint, no-tell hotel, notch house, notch joint, notcherie, nugging house, nugging-ken, nunnery, occupying-house, old ladies homes, onery house, pad, panel, panel house, panel worker, parlor house, peg house, pheasantry, place, place of sixpence sinfulness, place of sixpenny sinfulness, play center, poontang palace, procurer, public house, puer, punch house, pushing academy, pushing school, pussy palace, questionable resort, quiet mouse, rap club, rap parlor, rap studio, red lighterie, red scatter, red-light, red-light districk, red-light house, rib-joint, rub parlor, rub-a-tug shop, scatter, School of Venus, see company, seraglietto, seraglio, service station, shanty, shooting gallery, show house, sin bin, sin spot, sink of iniquity, sit for company, slaughter house, slut hut, smoongy, snake pit, snake ranch, snoozing-ken, snuggling-ken, spintry, spoiling house, sporting house, stable boss, steer joint, steerer, stew(s), sugar hill, taxi steerer, telephone house, temple of love, Temple of Venus, tender parnel, timothy, tittery, toles d'abattage, touch-crib, trick pad, trugging house, trugging ken, vaulting house, vaulting school, walk-up, walking the street(s), wank house, warm shop, warren, whore-shop, whorehouse, whoretel, window-tappery, women's house, wop shop, work a crib, work from the book, work in a brothel, working inside, working outside, working rooms, working the bricks, working the street(s), workshop, zoo

Quotes Containing brothel:
Boris (Woody Allen) in Love and Death (1975): ''I went to a brothel once in my life . I got hiccups. It was over like... (snaps his fingers) that.''

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