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cotquean

[kot-kween] /ˈkɒtˌkwin/
noun
1.
Archaic. a man who busies himself with traditionally women's household duties.
2.
Archaic. a coarse woman.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; cot2 + quean
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British Dictionary definitions for cot-quean

cotquean

/ˈkɒtˌkwiːn/
noun (archaic)
1.
a coarse woman
2.
a man who does housework
Word Origin
C16: see cot², quean
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Word Origin and History for cot-quean

cotquean

n.

1540s, obsolete, "housewife of a cot," from cot (see cottage) + quean; hence "a vulgar beldam, scold" [OED]; also used contemptuously (by Shakespeare, etc.) of men seen as overly interested in housework.

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