quean

quean

[kween]
noun
1.
an overly forward, impudent woman; shrew; hussy.
2.
a prostitute.
3.
British Dialect. a girl or young woman, especially a robust one.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English quene, Old English cwene; cognate with Middle Dutch quene, kone, Old Saxon, Old High German quena, Gothic qino < Germanic *kwenōn-; akin to Old English cwēn woman, queen

queanish, adjective
queanlike, adjective
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quean (kwiːn)
 
n
1.  archaic
 a.  a boisterous, impudent, or disreputable woman
 b.  a prostitute; whore
2.  (Scot) a young unmarried woman or girl
 
[Old English cwene; related to Old Saxon, Old High German quena, Gothic qino, Old Norse kona, Greek gunē woman. Compare queen]

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quean
"young, robust woman," O.E. cwene "woman," also "female serf, hussy, prostitute" (cf. portcwene "public woman"), from P.Gmc. *kwenon (cf. O.S. quan, O.H.G. quena, O.N. kona, Goth. qino "wife, woman"); see queen. Popular 16c.-17c. in sense "hussy." Sense of "effeminate homosexual"
is recorded from 1935, esp. in Australian slang.
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