working girl

working girl

noun
1.
Older Use: Often Offensive. a woman who works.
2.
Slang. a prostitute.

Origin:
1860–65, for def 1; 1965–70, for def 2


The meaning “woman who works” has declined in use because of possible confusion with the other meaning, “prostitute.” And the use of girl to refer to an adult woman is often perceived as insulting and demeaning. See also girl.
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working girl
 
n
1.  a girl or woman who works, esp one who supports herself
2.  informal a prostitute

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