Sexual DictionaryDictionary of the F-Word


To engage in promiscuous sex for money .

ETYMOLOGY: From the Latin prostituere , to place before, expose publicly, offer for sale.

See prostitution [SYN] for synonyms.


(1) Madeline/Shanghai Lily (Marlene Dietrich) to Doc/Captain Donald Harvey (Clive Brook) in Shanghai Express (1932): ' It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily .'

(2) Ruby (Mae West) in Belle of the Nineties (1934): ' A man in the house is worth two in the streets .'

(3) Would-be model-actress and part-time prostitute Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda) to her therapist (Vivian Nathan) about seing her friend, an ex-prostitute, now a junkie living in squalor in Klute (1971): ' I was trying to get away from a world I had known because I didn't think it was very good for me and I found myself looking up it's ass .'

(4) George Segal, a writer, to his neighbor Barbra Streisand, a hooker , in The Owl and the Pussycat (1970): ' You're a fine example of capitalism at-its most efficient. You merely take natural resources, add the cost of labor, and sell the product for a reasonable profit .'

(5) Lawyer (Donn Whyte) and Xaviera Hollander (Joey Heatherton) appearing before a Senate Committtee on 'Sexual Excesses in America' in The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977):
-- Lawyer: ' Please state for the committee your business .'
-- Xaviera: ' Pleasure .'

(6) Claudia Draper (Barbra Streisand) prefers prostitution to handouts from her parents in Nuts (1987): ' It hurts less to sell yourself to strangers .'

(7) Tamara Broder (Anjelica Huston) in Enemies. A Love Story (1989): ' Men love virgins. If every man had his way every woman would lie down a prostitute and get up a virgin .'

(8) Oriental saying: ' Woman cannot make living with left leg / Woman cannot make living with right leg / But between them she does all right .'

(9) (Max) Kleinman (Woody Allen) and the prostitute (Jodie Foster) in Shadows and Fog (1992):
-- Kleinman: ' I never paid for sex in my life .'
-- Prostitute: ' You just think you haven't .'

(10) Robert Reisner. Graffiti. Two Thousand Years of Wall Writing : ' Wipe out male prostitution ; adopt a hustler today. Get murdered tonight .'

See Also: abduct, accommodation house, angel, ass business, assignation house, B-girl, band-box, band-house, bar girl, basis, bat boy, bat house, batter, battle, bawd's house, bayadere, be a pro, be a professional, be in the life, be on the game, be on the loose, beat a trick, bed house, benny, berker, bi-trade, big dick from Boston, big legs, bird cage, birdcage, birthday party, bitchery, biz, blind pig, blind tiger, blue chamber district, blue moon, bodikin, body shop, bordello, Boston Tea Party, bottle, bottle opener, breadwinner, break, break luck, breaking luck, brothel, brown shower, business, buttock and tongue, cage, cake-shop, call it, call-a-date, car-hop, casa, cast the net, cat flat, cat house, cat house detail, cavaulting school, champagne trick, cheap thing, Chili chump, Chili pimp, chippie house, chippie joint, chippy-house, chippy-joint, choose(-up), chump, chump pimp, clip, clit closet, collect the rent, commercial sex workers, commercial trade, company, cookies, cop and blow, corral, counter, cover the waterfront, cow yard, cow-bag, creep, crib, crib district, cruise, cruise for trade, cruising, cull, curb crawl, curb crawling, curb service, cuts, date, demimonde, Dial-A-Dolly-Service, dirty spot, disorderly house, dive, do escort work, do massage work, do the milk run, doss, doss house, double, dress lodger, drive one's hos, enforcer, escort, escort agency, escort service, express queen, extras, face man, Fagin, family, family hotel, fast life, fast track, flash crib, flash panny, flesh peddling, flesh trade, fleshpot, fluttering her skirt, fork, fork and spoon, forty/five, freak, freak trick, freebie, fuck-house, gaff, game, gay life, gentoo house, Georgia, georgiaed, get burned, get stiffed, get the rent, get-down time, getting down, git-down time, go below 14 th Street, go into the streets, go on the batter, go on the game, go on the loose, go on track, goosing ranch, goosing slum, Greek trade, hack, half and half, handshaker, hard-leg (whore), harlot's trade, harlotry, hawk, hawk one's brown, hawk one's fork, hawk one's meat, hawk one's mutton, hawk one's pearly, hawk the mutton, hawking, hawking her meat, head date, hide the candy, highway queen, hook house, hook joint, hook shop, hooking, horizontal, horizontal life, hot hole, hot house, house, house in the suburbs, house of all nations, 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 prostitute, hurry whore, immoral house, in circulation, in the biz, in the business, in the game, in the life, in the line, in the trade, in-call, income tax, into the trade, jag house, jelly bean, jive, John Doughs, kick for trade, kiddy freak, knocking-house, knocking-joint, knocking-shop, lay the note, lewd house, life, life of infamy, life of shame, lighthouse, live by the trade, live one, looker, a, loose, loose-love center, love for sale, lupanar, main, main avenue, main piece, maison de joie, maison de tolérance, make a milk run, make the milk run, man's perdition, marathon, meat factory, menace to decent society, menace to decent women, menace to society, messer, milk, milk cow, Minnesota strip, missionary, moll house, molly house, molly shop, monkey business, moonlighting, mother damnable, Mrs. Warren's profession, mutton, nautch house, nautch joint, necessary evil, night job, night work, no freak, notch house, notch joint, occupational hazard, old fashioned, old firm, old patrol, oldest profession, oldest trade, on the back, on the bash, on the bat, on the batter, on the battle, on the block, on the bottle, on the business, on the game, on the grind, on the hip, on the loose, on the pavement, on the street(s), on the stroll, on the town, on the turf, onery house, orbit, out-call, out-call service, ownio, palliardy, part-timer, party, patriotute, peddle one's ass, peddle one's butt, peddle one's hips, peddle one's meat, peddle one's wares, peddle pussy, peddle snatch, peddling her hips, peter pan, pheasantry, pimp's corral, pin, place, play center, poontang palace, popcorn pimp, pound the block, pound the pavement, pound the sidewalk, pound the street, precheck, preemie, premie, pro, prostitution, public house, pull a trick, punch house, push ponies, pussy game, pussy palace, pussy patrol, pussy posse, put (one) on the block, put (one) on the corner, putage, quick trick, red lighterie, red scatter, red-light, red-light districk, red-light house, rent-a-body business, rig a jig, road game, road kid, road queen, rose among thorns, round house, RR, RR 1, RR 2, RR 3, Rural Route 1, Rural Route 2, Rural Route 3, sacking, scankie, scatter, score, second oldest profession, see company, sell favors, sell one's ass, sell one's back, sell one's bacon, sell one's body, sell one's butt, sell one's charms, sell one's desires, sell one's favors, sell one's flesh, sell one's hips, sell oneself, selling customhouse goods, seraglietto, seraglio, seventy-eight, sex ring, a, sexploitation, shebang, shine stand, short timer, sightseer, sin bin, sinful commerce, sink of iniquity, sit for company, skanky, slaughter house, slow strack, slut hut, smoongy, snake pit, snake ranch, snoozing-ken, snuggling-ken, social evil, social vice, solicit someone, soliciting, spoiling house, sporting house, springer, square up, stand up job, star of the line, state prostitution, stew(s), straight date, straight trick, street of shame, street-tricking, streets, streetwalking, strut one's stuff, stud-service, sugar hill, tail around, tail trading, tail-biz, take out insurance, talk game, tea room trade, tearoom trade, telephone trade, temple of love, Temple of Venus, thirty-three, tom, TOS, track one, trade, trading on her bottom, traffic, traffic in flesh, trap, traveling salesman, trick, tricking, troll, trolling, truck driver, trugging house, trugging ken, turf, turkey money, turn a date, turn a trick, turn one out, turn out, turn someone out, turn tricks, turned out, turning tricks, turnpike, twofer, unbetty, unslough, V-girl, vanilla and chocolate, vanilla, chocolate and pecan, vaulting house, vaulting school, Venus highway, Venus vulgivaga, Victory girl, walk the pavement, walk the streets, walk-up, walking the street(s), wank house, warm shop, warm-up, white meat turkey on pumpernickel, wholesale, whore-shop, whoredom, whorehouse, whoremistress, whoring, wife-in-law, window-tapping, women's house, wop shop, work, work a crib, work a ginger, work from the book, work in a brothel, work the cuts, work the door, work the street(s), working outside, working the bricks, working the street(s), works, the, world's oldest profession, zoo

Quotes Containing prostitution:
Rosalie Maggio, The Dictionary of Bias-Free Usage (1991): ''Heavily reinforced by advertising, which uses women''s sexuality to sell everything from razo blades to cars, this concept has had invidious results: prostitution , rape, laws and societies that "protect" women and relegate them to the status of children, words and attitudes that label women solely by their sexuality, even murder when the mythic cultural promise that women exist for the sexual pleasure of men goes unfulfilled.''
Rosalie Maggio, The Dictionary of Bias-Free Usage (1991): ''Heavily reinforced by advertising, which uses women''s sexuality to sell everything from razo blades to cars, this concept has had invidious results: prostitution , rape, laws and societies that "protect" women and relegate them to the status of children, words and attitudes that label women solely by their sexuality, even murder when the mythic cultural promise that women exist for the sexual pleasure of men goes unfulfilled.''

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