lady


lady
   a prostitute
   As in the oldest joke:
    'Who was that lady I saw you with last night?' 'That was no lady. That was my wife.'
   A lady's college was a brothel where you might contract lady's fever, syphilis. Also as ladyboarder, lady of a certain description, easy virtue, no virtue, pleasure (who might also be a mistress), the night, the sisterhood, the stage, the streets, or just plain ladybird (who might also be a sweetheart):
    ... played for the lady-boarders and their friends. (Longstreet, 1956 — the women worked in a brothel)
   There are two kinds of person who supply the police with all the information they want; one, that of unmarried ladies of a certain description...(H. James, 1816)
   Talking of London, [Dr Johnson] observed... a man of pleasure [thinks of it as] the great emporium for ladies of easy virtue. (J. Boswell, 1791)
   So when he visited ladies of no virtue, it might be for purposes of fornication. (Masters, 1976)
    Here was my Lord Bouncker's lady of pleasure. (Pepys, 1665)
    The lady of the night studied Abel carefully. (Archer, 1979)
    I was looked up to as a kind of pattern to the ladies of the sisterhood. (Lyons, 1996 — the boast was made by a celebrated 18thcentury Dublin prostitute)
   We call them ladies of the stage. They prefer that. Most of them have been in front of the footlights at one time or another. (Innes, 1991)
    What, lamb! What, ladybird! God forbid. (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • lady — lady …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • lady — [ ledi ] n. f. • 1750; h. 1669; mot angl. « dame » 1 ♦ Titre donné aux femmes des lords et des chevaliers anglais. 2 ♦ Par ext. Dame anglaise. Une jeune lady. Des ladys ou des ladies. Femme élégante, distinguée. C est une vraie lady. ● lady,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Lady — La dy (l[=a] d[y^]), n.; pl. {Ladies} (l[=a] d[i^]z). [OE. ladi, l[ae]fdi, AS. hl[=ae]fdige, hl[=ae]fdie; AS. hl[=a]f loaf + a root of uncertain origin, possibly akin to E. dairy. See {Loaf}, and cf. {Lord}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A woman who looks… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lady!! — Lady Обложка первого тома Lady!!, переиздание 2001 года レディ!! Жанр историческая драма, романтика, повседневность …   Википедия

  • lady — lady, woman The division of usage between these two words is complex and is caught up in issues of social class. In George Meredith s Evan Harrington (1861), the heroine, Rose Jocelyn, is rhetorically asked, Would you rather be called a true… …   Modern English usage

  • Lady G — (eigentlich: Janice Fyffe; * 7. Mai 1968 in Spanish Town, Jamaika)[1] ist eine jamaikanische Dancehall und Reggae Musikerin. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Karriere 2 Diskographie (Auswahl) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lady Wu — (? 202) was the wife of Sun Jian during the Three Kingdoms era of China. She had six children: five sons, Sun Ce, Sun Quan, Sun Yi, Sun Kuang, Sun Lang and one daughter, Sun Shangxiang. Lady Wu lost her parents at a young age and was living with… …   Wikipedia

  • Lady "O" — 37e album de la série Sammy Scénario Raoul Cauvin Dessin Jean Pol Coloriste Cerise Personnages principaux Sammy Day …   Wikipédia en Français

  • lady — s.f. Titlu dat în Anglia soţiei unui lord sau a unui cavaler; p. ext. doamnă nobilă din Anglia. ♦ Epitet dat unei femei distinse, manierate. [pr.: lédi] – cuv. engl. Trimis de LauraGellner, 16.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  LADY s.f. (Anglicism) Doamnă …   Dicționar Român

  • lady — ► NOUN (pl. ladies) 1) (in polite or formal use) a woman. 2) a woman of superior social position. 3) (Lady) a title used by peeresses, female relatives of peers, the wives and widows of knights, etc. 4) a courteous or genteel woman. 5) (the Lad …   English terms dictionary

  • lady — [lād′ē] n. pl. ladies [ME lavedi < OE hlæfdige, lady, mistress < hlaf, LOAF1 + dige < dæge, (bread) kneader < IE base * dheig̑h : see DOUGH] 1. the mistress of a household: now obsolete except in the phrase the lady of the house 2. a… …   English World dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.