- An example of a prostitute is a call girl.
- An example of a prostitute is an artist who takes money after agreeing to let their name be displaced on works of art as if they were originals when, in fact, they are fakes.
transitive verb-·tut·ed, -·tut·ing
- to sell the services of (oneself or another) for purposes of sexual intercourse
- to sell (oneself, one's artistic or moral integrity, etc.) for low or unworthy purposes
Origin of prostitutefrom Classical Latin prostitutus, past participle of prostituere from pro-, before + statuere, to cause to stand, akin to stare, stand
- a woman who engages in promiscuous sexual activity for pay; whore; harlot
- a man who engages in such activity, esp. homosexual acts, for pay
- a person, as a writer, artist, etc., who sells his or her services for low or unworthy purposes
- A person who engages in prostitution.
- A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.
transitive verbpros·ti·tut·ed, pros·ti·tut·ing, pros·ti·tutes
- To offer (oneself or another) for sexual activity in exchange for money.
- To devote (oneself or one's talent, for example) to an unworthy purpose, especially for personal gain.
Origin of prostituteLatin prōstitūta from feminine past participle of prōstituere to prostitute prō- in front ; see pro- 1. statuere to cause to stand ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- A person who performs sexual activity for payment, especially a woman
- I currently work as a prostitute in order to pay off my university debts.
- A person who is perceived as engaging in sexual activity with many people.
- A person who does, or offers to do, an activity for money, despite personal dislike or dishonour.
- The noun prostitute, in its sexual senses, does not necessarily refer to a woman; nonetheless, it primarily refers to women. Therefore, when the referent is a man, this is frequently made explicit by using the adjective male, even in contexts where the referent's sex is already clear. For example, the phrasing "he became a prostitute" is quite correct, but the phrasing "he became a male prostitute" is just as common, despite its seeming redundancy. However, male prostitute occurs only in the sexual senses, especially the central literal sense of "one who performs sexual activity for payment"; in non-sexual senses, prostitute is gender-neutral.
(third-person singular simple present prostitutes, present participle prostituting, simple past and past participle prostituted)
- (usually reflexively) To perform sexual activity for money
- To make another person, or organisation, prostitute themselves.
- (derogatory) To use one's talents in return for money or fame
- (figuratively) To exploit for base purposes; to whore.
- Yet again a commercial firm had prostituted a traditional song by setting an advertising jingle to its tune.
From Latin prÅstitutus, past participle of prÅstituÅ, from pro- (“for, before") +"Ž statuÅ (“to set up, to erect").