- to take the virginity from (a woman) by having sexual intercourse with her
- to ravage or spoil
- to remove flowers from (a plant)
Origin of deflowerMiddle English deflouren ; from Old French desflorer ; from Classical Latin deflorare ; from de-, from + flos (gen. floris), flower
transitive verbde·flow·ered, de·flow·er·ing, de·flow·ers
Origin of deflowerMiddle English deflouren, from Old French defflourer, from Late Latin d&emacron;fl&omacron;rare : Latin d&emacron;-, de- + Latin fl&omacron;s, fl&omacron;r-, flower; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present deflowers, present participle deflowering, simple past and past participle deflowered)
- To take the virginity of (somebody), especially a woman or girl.
From Middle English deflouren, from Middle French, Old French desflorer (French déflorer), from Late Latin deflorare