Prostitute etymology


English word prostitute comes from Latin statuo, English pro-, English statuo, Latvian statuo, Latvian pro-, and later Latin prostituo (I dishonor. I prostitute. I set up in public.)

Etymology of prostitute

Detailed word origin of prostitute

Dictionary entry Language Definition
statuo Latin (lat) I decide, make up (my mind). I erect. I establish, determine, fix (the form or character of). I hold up, stop, end. I set up, station (in an upright position).
pro- English (en) Agreeing with; supporting; favouring. Substituting for Earlier; prior. In front of. Rudimentary.
statuo English (en)
statuo Latvian (lav)
pro- Latvian (lav)
prostituo Latin (lat) I dishonor. I prostitute. I set up in public.
prostitutus Latin (lat)
prostitute English (en) (figuratively) To exploit for base purposes; to whore.. (transitive) To make another person, or organisation, prostitute themselves.. (transitive, derogatory) To use one's talents in return for money or fame.. (transitive, usually reflexively) To perform sexual activity for money. (derogatory) A person who engages in sexual activity with many people.. A person who does, or offers to do, an [...]

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