Is there anything equivalent on the female side of the gender? Traditionally, the qualities connotated to a stud were positively charged when talking about males but had a great portion of negative touch when it came to females.

However, as the world changes and our culture (d)evolves, I wonder if there's a corresponding term to being a stud but such that it can be applied to a woman.

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    Could you please explain what parts of the definition of "stud" you want to apply to women? The word usually paired with stud is babe but it doesn't necessarily have the same physical implications.
    – Catija
    Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 0:02
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    The word that comes to mind is "bombshell".
    – DJMcMayhem
    Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 0:20
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    @Jim I just realized that it's kind of obvious that it's the sexual conduct that's implied by the reference to a horsie that gets a lot of ass. However, I've been (probably wrongly) always thinking that a stud was a guy who's appearance exhibits the best qualities (e.g. perfect jaw, desirable shoulder width, firmness of sitting device etc.). Because that's what the aforementioned horsie should look like in order to be allowed to spread the great genes. But You're most likely more right - it's about sleeping around... Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 0:38
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    It's just horse. Horsie is what five-year-olds call them.
    – Catija
    Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 1:18
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    I haven't read all the comments above, but the mentioning of horsie makes me think of horsey and horsy, and then hottie. Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 17:09

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I have used bold to highlight the important parts that I think need to be in the female word - so we can see they are describing the same thing.

"Stud" now has many meanings, which makes this harder to answer. I will try to cover them all.

UD says:

Stud (Urban Dictionary):
This person is really cool. Everyone looks up to them and wants to get with them.

Get with means to kiss or take part in touching, referring to two people who are not dating or have just started dating

This means that they are likely to often not be in a relationship, otherwise they wouldn't be as available as it implies, which suggests someone popular, perhaps has had a large number of transient sexual relationships.

Stud (Google Define):
a young man thought to be very active sexually or regarded as a good sexual partner.

So, as Urban Dictionary said someone promiscuous, popular and likely to be sporty, which leads me onto another (American) word:

Jock (Wikipedia):
...a jock is muscular, but not very smart, and cannot carry a conversation on any topic other than one relating to sports, exercise, or sex.

So again, sex is coming up here.

I am not including the Google Images (NSFW) "definition" here because that is more focused on the "publicly perceived definition" of looks, rather than the real one (promiscuity). The two are (closely) linked but I don't want to complicate the matter further.

This leads me to a few words for females that apply:

Bimbo (Google Define):
An attractive but empty-headed young woman, especially one perceived as a willing sex object.

Funnily enough, this used to be a word for a male, back in the 1920s, when it first appeared in AmE.

This has the lack of intelligence and the sexual promiscuity of "jock" but doesn't really have the popularity of a "stud".

Bombshell (Google Dictionary):
a very attractive [often blonde] woman.

This also lacks the popularity part, something that no word for females seems to include. Both are focusing on the looks of the female, which is something I said I was avoiding earlier in this answer (the perceived definition, or Google Images definition).

However, I think it is implied by the terms above (as well as other words used to describe a promiscuous person), and therefore would suggest you use the word "Bimbo" (with caution, the "willing sex object" part isn't an especially flattering way to describe someone).

Have a look at the Urban Dictionary for Popular Girls, it may shows what I mean.


A babe.

A stud is a male whose exudes his sexuality in one way or another.

A formal definition is 'a man who is notably virile and sexually active'. An informal definition is 'a man that makes women drool'.

A babe is a corresponding word for a female. As in

Gina Bellman is such a babe.


The term closest to the female version of stud to me is "vixen" I rarely hear it used currently, though it's quite common in older films. In British English, "minx" seems appropriate as well, though does not seem to connote attractiveness as much as does vixen.

It's a bit unclear, but I am surmising that you are defining stud as: "an attractive male with sexual prowess"


This is not exactly the term you are looking for, but for completeness' sake:


In the most literal sense, the female equivalent of a Stud is a Broodmare (at least in the equine realm.)

A stud horse is a stallion kept for breeding, who is believed to have all the desired qualities for siring desirable offspring.

Similarly, a broodmare is a mare who runs no races and pulls no plows - she just bears young over and over.

The connotation if used on a person would not be equivalent, however. A human stud is a handsome, athletic male with at least decent social skills. A stud need not have children - he only has to have good traits that could be passed on. Stud definitely has positive connotations.

Broodmare isn't as frequently used for people, but if I heard it, I would assume that the speaker was commenting on a woman having little else happening in her life other than raising children, possibly with multiple fathers. A broodmare must have children. It is hard to imagine Broodmare being meant as a compliment.

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    "Broodmare is not likely to be a compliment." That is putting it mildly. I think most people would consider that applying this word to a human woman would be quite offensive, and the speaker might well be seen as sexist or misogynist. Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 18:11
  • @NateEldredge Strengthened that statement.
    – Adam
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 18:22

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