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 (hôr′sən) Archaic
A contemptible or detestable person.
Abominable; detestable.


1. a bastard
2. a scoundrel; wretch
vile or hateful


(ˈhɔr sən, ˈhoʊr-; often ˈhʊər-)

n. Archaic.
1. a bastard.
2. wretch; scoundrel.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whoreson - the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parentswhoreson - the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
offspring, progeny, issue - the immediate descendants of a person; "she was the mother of many offspring"; "he died without issue"
2.whoreson - insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous
dirty word, vulgarism, obscenity, smut, filth - an offensive or indecent word or phrase
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
References in classic literature ?
I encountered a chaplet or string of miserable and unfortunate people, and did for them what my sense of duty demands of me, and as for the rest be that as it may; and whoever takes objection to it, saving the sacred dignity of the senor licentiate and his honoured person, I say he knows little about chivalry and lies like a whoreson villain, and this I will give him to know to the fullest extent with my sword;" and so saying he settled himself in his stirrups and pressed down his morion; for the barber's basin, which according to him was Mambrino's helmet, he carried hanging at the saddle-bow until he could repair the damage done to it by the galley slaves.
O whoreson scoundrel, how ungrateful you are, you see yourself raised from the dust of the earth to be a titled lord, and the return you make for so great a benefit is to speak evil of her who has conferred it upon you!"
You whoreson conjuring scab, do you remember how you cozened me with a ho
I left my boy to waight vpon her, by this light, I thinke God prouides; for if this cittisen had not out of his ouerplus of kindnes proferd her, her diet and lodging vnder the name of my sister, I could not haue told what shift to haue made; for the greatest part of my mony is reuolted: weele make more vse of him: the whoreson rich Innkeeper of Doncaster her father shewed himselfe a ranke ostler: to send her vp at this time a yeare; and by the carier to; twas but a iades trike of him (2.2.90-98).
ESMOREIT Silence, whoreson, your crime Is even worse than any of that.
but she is a brave lass, and a right and stout one, and fit to be helpmate to any knight-errant that is or is to be, who may make her his lady: the whoreson wench, what pith she has and what a voice!
He berates another as a 'whoreson beetle-headed, flap-eared knave!' for spilling his water (128).
15) of the mother of his natural son, Edmund, a "whoreson" by adultery, within earshot.
The blue sky stretches out and every whoreson is a giggling minion though some further rhombus of peace may be offered us, the beauty of the ineluctable strains.
Hal encourages Falstaff's irreverence with his characteristic, and just as flippant, responses to Falstaff's taunts--usually composed of elaborate insults ("thou whoreson, impudent, emoboss'd rascal" [3.3.156-57], for example)--and/or references to Falstaff's weight.
steamfitter; otherwise the town TB doctor, a whoreson of the adamantine
Goines's prodigious output includes Whoreson, Dopefiend, and White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief and the books sample from his sojourn as a heroin addict.