Origin of brothelME, wretched person ; from Old English brothen, past participle of broethan, to waste away, go to ruin; confused with bordel
Origin of brothelShort for brothel-house, from Middle English brothel, prostitute, from brothen, past participle of brethen, to go to ruin, from Old English br&emacron;othan, to decay.
From Middle English brothel, brodel, brodelle, brethel (“a wretch, a depraved man or woman”) (compare also Middle English bretheling (“a wretch”)), apparently from an unrecorded Old English *brēoþel (“degenerative, corruptive”), related to Old English ābrēoþan (“to unsettle, degrade, ruin, frustrate, degenerate, deteriorate, fall away”); Old English ābroþen (“degenerate, base, trifling”); both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *breuþaną (“to fall apart”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- (“to carve, cut, split, rub”).
- A house of prostitution.
An abbreviation of ‘brothel-house’, ultimately from Old English ābrēoþan (“to degrade, deteriorate”), see above.