Wench (?), n. [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.]


A young woman; a girl; a maiden.


Lord and lady, groom and wench. Chaucer.

That they may send again My most sweet wench, and gifts to boot. Chapman.

He was received by the daughter of the house, a pretty, buxom, blue-eyed little wench. W. Black.


A low, vicious young woman; a drab; a strumpet.

She shall be called his wench or his leman. Chaucer.

It is not a digression to talk of bawds in a discourse upon wenches. Spectator.


A colored woman; a negress.

[U. S.]


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Wench (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wenched (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Wenching.]

To frequent the company of wenches, or women of ill fame.


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