a property of lewdness or sick popularity a home frequented by prostitutes a bawdyhouse
- a building where prostitutes are available
- a property of lewdness or ill fame; a house frequented by prostitutes; a bawdyhouse.
bawdy-house; a property of sick fame; a standard habitation of prostitutes.
"bawdy house," 1590s, shortened from brothel-house, from brothel "prostitute" (belated 15c.), previous "vile, useless individual" of either intercourse (14c.), from Old English bro
(letter.) A home of lewdness or ill popularity; a house frequented by prostitutes; a bawdyhouse.
I understand opportunities were limited a century ago but surely she could have been a school teacher or office clerk or something above a brothel prostitute.