Prostitute vs Rahab - What's the difference?

prostitute | rahab |

As a noun prostitute

is a person who performs sexual activity for payment, especially a woman.

As a verb prostitute

is (usually reflexively) to perform sexual activity for money.

As a proper noun rahab is

a prostitute of jericho who, in the torah, helped israelite spies.



(en noun)
  • A person who performs sexual activity for payment, especially a woman
  • I currently work as a prostitute in order to pay off my university debts .
  • A person who is perceived as engaging in sexual activity with many people.
  • A person who does, or offers to do, an activity for money, despite personal dislike or dishonour.
  • Usage notes

    * The noun is gender-neutral.


    * (person who performs sexual activity for payment) See also * (person perceived as engaging in sexual activity) See also , * (person who does an activity for money) sell out


  • (usually reflexively) To perform sexual activity for money
  • To make another person, or organisation, prostitute themselves.
  • * Bible, Leviticus xix. 29
  • Do not prostitute thy daughter.
  • (derogatory) To use one's talents in return for money or fame
  • (figuratively) To exploit for base purposes; to whore.
  • Yet again a commercial firm had prostituted a traditional song by setting an advertising jingle to its tune.



    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • A prostitute of Jericho who, in the Torah, helped Israelite spies.
  • * :
  • And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
  • (rare) .
  • * 1997 , Gravelight , ISBN 0312865031, page 173:
  • Wycherly reflected that any woman raised by a clergyman who named her daughter Rahab was probably making something in the nature of a personal statement.