Slut is generally a term for a woman or girl who is considered to have loose sexual morals or who is sexually promiscuous. The first recorded use of the word was a reference to a man, in Geoffrey Chaucer 's The Canterbury Tales , in which he is referring to the man's untidy appearance. Slut-shaming is a related term, referring to the act of drawing attention to a person's promiscuous behavior for the purpose of shaming them socially. From the late 20th century, there have been attempts to reclaim the word, exemplified by various SlutWalk parades, and some individuals embrace the title as a source of pride. The common denotative meanings are a sexually promiscuous woman,  or "an immoral or dissolute woman; prostitute.