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working girl

Older Use: Often Offensive. a woman who works.
Slang. a prostitute.
Origin of working girl
1860-65, for def 1; 1965-70, for def 2
Usage note
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for working-girl
Historical Examples
  • I appreciate it very much, but no working-girl shall lose through me.

    The Hills of Refuge Will N. Harben
  • The working-girl is expected to be subservient, she is too often regarded as a menial, she is ordered.

    Stage Confidences Clara Morris
  • As one recalls this club, it presents one of the best evidences of the barrenness of the working-girl's life in New York.

    The Leaven in a Great City Lillian William Betts
  • My mind went back as he said this to a conversation I had had the night before with a working-girl at my boarding-house.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • Marjorie had pictured Frieda now as a sullen, successful, working-girl, ready to scorn any advances on her part.

  • There is something essentially wrong in the working-girl world, and I am glad that I was not born to set it right.

    The Fat of the Land John Williams Streeter
  • I really do think that if I were going to marry, I should look about for a working-girl, a girl that supported herself.

    The Great God Success John Graham (David Graham Phillips)
  • But give me the name of Sophie Botta; give me the clothes of a working-girl; give me God's free world, which she enjoyed.

    The Nameless Castle Maurus Jkai
  • There is no influx such as creates in a small town the necessity for working-girl boarding-houses.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • How amazed would Miss Allison be at the idea of her being placed on the same plane with a working-girl!

British Dictionary definitions for working-girl

working girl

a girl or woman who works, esp one who supports herself
(informal) a prostitute
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for working-girl

worked up

adjective phrase

Angry; excited; distraught: The whole town was worked up over the shooting incident (1883+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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