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quean

[kween] /kwin/
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
1000
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
Related forms
queanish, adjective
queanlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for queanish

quean

/kwiːn/
noun
1.
(archaic)
  1. a boisterous, impudent, or disreputable woman
  2. a prostitute; whore
2.
(Scot) a young unmarried woman or girl
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for queanish
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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