waistcoateer

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English[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology[edit]

waistcoat +‎ -eer

Noun[edit]

waistcoateer (plural waistcoateers)

  1. (obsolete) One wearing a waistcoat; especially, a woman wearing one uncovered, or thought fit for such a habit; hence, a loose woman; strumpet.
    • Do you think you are here, sir,
      Amongst your waistcoateers, your base wenches?
      — Beaumont and Fletcher.
    • 1822, Sir Walter Scott, The Fortunes of Nigel
      Thou knowest well that, from Mrs. Deputy's self down to the waistcoateers in the alley, all of them are twiring and peeping betwixt their fingers when you pass; and yet you call yourself a miserable dog!