1. The practice of unlawful intercourse with the other sex; fornication; lewdness.
2. (Script.) The sin of worshiping idols; idolatry.
O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled; they will not . . . turn unto their God.Hos.
v. 3, 4.
1. A man who practices lewdness; a lecher; a whoremonger.
2. One keeps or procures whores for others; a pimp; a procurer.
(Whore"mas`ter*ly), a. Having the character of a whoremaster; lecherous; libidinous.
(Whore"mon`ger) n. A whoremaster; a lecher; a man who frequents the society of whores.
(Whore"son) n. A bastard; colloquially, a low, scurvy fellow; used generally in contempt, or
in coarse humor. Also used adjectively. [Archaic] Shak.
(Whor"ish) a. Resembling a whore in character or conduct; addicted to unlawful pleasures; incontinent; lewd; unchaste.
Whor"ish*ly, adv. Whor"ish*ness, n.
(Whorl) n. [OE. whorvil the whirl of a spindle; akin to AS. hweorfa the whirl of a spindle, hweorfan
to turn; cf. OD. worvel the whirl of a spindle. See Whirl, n. & v.]
1. (Bot.) A circle of two or more leaves, flowers, or other organs, about the same part or joint of a
2. (Zoöl.) A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve shell.
3. (Spinning) The fly of a spindle.
(Whorled) a. Furnished with whorls; arranged in the form of a whorl or whorls; verticillate; as,
(Whorl"er) n. A potter's wheel.
(Whort) n. [See Whortleberry.] (Bot.) The whortleberry, or bilberry. See Whortleberry (a).
(Whor"tle) n. (Bot.) The whortleberry, or bilberry.
[He] looked ahead of him from behind a tump of whortles.R. D. Blackmore.
(Whor"tle*ber`ry) n. [AS. wyrtil a small shrub (dim. of wyrt wort) + E. berry. See Wort,
and cf. Huckleberry, Hurtleberry.] (Bot.) (a) In England, the fruit of Vaccinium Myrtillus; also, the
plant itself. See Bilberry, 1. (b) The fruit of several shrubby plants of the genus Gaylussacia; also, any
one of these plants. See Huckleberry.
(Whose) pron. [OE. whos, whas, AS. hwæs, gen. of hwa. See Who.] The possessive case
of who or which. See Who, and Which.
Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee.Gen. xxiv. 23.
The question whose solution I require.Dryden.