late 14c., procurour, "advocate, spokesman," from Anglo-French procurour, Old French procureur (13c., Modern French procureur), from Latin procurator (see procurator). Meaning "contriver, one who or that which brings on or causes to be done" is from mid-15c. Specifically of one who supplies women to gratify the lusts of another from 1630s. Fem. form procuress (early 15c.) is shortened from Old French procureresse.