Call the quean up; if my men want shoe-thread, Ill swinge her in a stirrup.
There is many a quean in it, fairer than I twice told, and not spoiled with weeping.
There is many a quean in it fairer than I twice told, and not spoiled with weeping.
You come hither to steal my glasses, and then counterfeit you are going to your quean's.
But gin that wasna a quean, ye canna deny but she luikit unco like ane, and no a blate (bashful) ane eyther.'
A knave and a quean, a thief and a strumpet, a couple of beggars, a brace of baggages.
That, probably, must have been the moment which induced Mr. Gowran to liken her to a quean at a fair.
She could coax you to the buying like a Cumnock quean, and fleece you in the selling like the cadgers o' Kincardine.
Spelling being fluid in Captain Dangerous' life, spellings such as "quean" (which shows up twice) were retained.
The stronger or carl sex, as a man; the weaker or quean sex, as a girl; the unsexly things, as a stone.
"young, robust woman," Old English cwene "woman," also "female serf, hussy, prostitute" (cf. portcwene "public woman"), from Proto-Germanic *kwenon (cf. Old Saxon quan, Old High German quena, Old Norse kona, Gothic qino "wife, woman"); see queen. Popular 16c.-17c. in sense "hussy." Sense of "effeminate homosexual" is recorded from 1935, especially in Australian slang.