Combination of 'bawd' = lively, shameless, immoral + 'trot' = an old woman; abbr. as 'bawd' in common usage. Originally used of elderly women, the madams of the time, the term became gender-free and was applied to anyone who acted as a pimp and provided women.

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  • bawdstrot — …   Useful english dictionary

  • bawd — [bɔ:d] noun archaic a woman in charge of a brothel. Origin ME: shortened from obs. bawdstrot, from OFr. baudestroyt procuress , from baude shameless …   English new terms dictionary

  • bawd — n. a woman who runs a brothel. Etymology: ME bawdstrot f. OF baudetrot, baudestroyt procuress …   Useful english dictionary

  • baustrott — var. of bawdstrot …   Useful english dictionary

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