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Man-eater and vamp are a little bit "slangy" compared to seductress - a woman who seduces someone, esp. one who entices a man into sexual activity Per Neil's comment to the question itself, bitch isn't really relevant to the meanings involved here. Per comments/discussion below, it's probably impossible to come up with a "feminine version of ...


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Wanton is probably the closest term. Dictionary.com define the word as "a lascivious person, especially a woman." There's a good discussion on "What is the female equivalent of 'philanderer'? on Quora, and it explores the complex nuances involved in comparing the sexes in this regard. Personally, I like female Don Juan, a term applied to Carla Bruni in ...


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One that comes to mind is man-chaser. Another common slang term with a similar meaning is boy-crazy, though it doesn't have the same sexual connotation. A natural follow-up question is, "why is there no such word as manizer?" There is a language log post that discusses the coinage of this word, with the main argument against manizer being the awkwardness of ...


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I suggest "loose woman" as an alternative to the very derogatory term "slut." Although "loose woman" also carries a sermonizing attitude, neither is such an implication entirely absent from "womanizer." The latter is certainly not a term of praise. Were it not for the usual sexual asymmetry present in our language and culture, "loose man" would be a ...


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Please excuse me if you find these terms profane but, my grandmother would refer to woman who chases men as a slut, although this is sometimes used to describe a girl as dirty or messy. I do recall a man using the term to describe another who was especially open and active in his choice of bedfellows. I've often heard the rather coarse term slag used as ...


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Spinster isn't for old women, but it certainly would be more often used for that, and has a connotation of having failed to get a husband, rather than being happily unmarried. Bachelorette is sometimes used solely for "unmarried" but does indeed sometimes include divorcées and widows. It's rarely used (was popular from about the 1930s through to the 1960s) ...


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As surprising as it may seem to some, women do have "wet dreams" or, to use the medical term, nocturnal emissions. I'll certainly agree that the term is used more often when talking about the male experience, perhaps because there are more obvious physiological signs and the fact that wet dreams are pretty much a part of every teenage boy's growing up. ...


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An archaic term for this is maid. It is not very often used in that meaning any more though, and I would not recommend it. The online Merriam-Webster defines it as: maid noun \ˈmād\ Definition of MAID an unmarried girl or woman, especially when young : virgin a : maidservant b : a woman or girl employed to do domestic work ...


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http://www.thefreedictionary.com/fairer+sex Adj. 3. fair — very pleasing to the eye; "my bonny lass"; "there's a bonny bay beyond"; "a comely face"; "young fair maidens" 6. fair — attractively feminine; "the fair sex" OED will provide a citation, I'm sure. Chaucer used fair maid and fair maiden, but the earliest use of fair (or fairer) ...


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The word fair is here used in its original sense. It is not uniquely applied to women, although this is what the fair/fairer sex has largely come to mean. The following is an excerpt of the relevant senses, with only a few each of citations, from the OED regarding all this: Beautiful to the eye; of pleasing form or appearance; good-looking. Phrases, ...


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The only reason I can think of always using woman instead of female is to specifically imply that the person or persons being referred to are adult females. Female has no implication of age whereas Woman does. Technically, the use of woman in place of female (in cases such as you point out) is acceptable and is proper english; however I believe many native ...


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The use of "it" or "that" when referring to a person would depend on context and intent. In the scenario you lay out, it is correct to say "Was it a girl?", (assuming you didn't see the salesperson and thus don't know their gender). You would not say "that" in such a scenario. If you were walking with a friend and passed a person of ambiguous gender, you ...


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They are just being sloppy. In Merriam- Webster online dictionary the definition is this: 1 a : an adult female person b : a woman belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, >membership, or occupation) —usually used in combination 2 : womankind 3 : distinctively feminine nature : womanliness 4 : a woman who is a ...


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If you can draw some assumptions from the definition (below), "mistress" could be used. (Primarily, if a woman is the head of a household, she is likely - or traditionally - unmarried.) From [M-W-com]:1 1: a woman who has power, authority, or ownership: as a: the female head of a household



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