Cotquean Cot"quean` (k?t"kw?n`), n. [Cot a cottage + quean.] [1913 Webster] 1. A man who busies himself with affairs which properly belong to women. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. A she-cuckold; a cucquean; a henhussy. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

What, shall a husband be afraid of his wife's face? We are a king, cotquean, and we will reign in our pleasures. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

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  • cotquean — 1540s, obsolete, housewife of a cot, from cot (see COTTAGE (Cf. cottage)) + QUEAN (Cf. quean); hence a vulgar beldam, scold [OED]; also used contemptuously (by Shakespeare, etc.) of men seen as overly interested in housework …   Etymology dictionary

  • cotquean — [kät′kwēn΄] n. [ COT2 + QUEAN] Archaic 1. a vulgar, scolding woman 2. a man who does housework or other work regarded as women s …   English World dictionary

  • cotquean — noun Etymology: 1cot + quean Date: 1547 1. archaic a coarse masculine woman 2. archaic a man who busies himself with women s work or affairs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cotquean — /kot kween /, n. 1. Archaic. a man who busies himself with traditionally women s household duties. 2. Archaic. a coarse woman. [1540 50; COT2 + QUEAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • cotquean — cot·quean …   English syllables

  • cotquean — cot•quean [[t]ˈkɒtˌkwin[/t]] n. archaic 1) a man who busies himself with the household duties traditionally done by women 2) a coarse woman • Etymology: 1540–50; cot II+quean …   From formal English to slang

  • cotquean — A man who does what is traditionally women s work …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • cotquean — ˈkätˌkwēn noun ( s) Etymology: cot (I) + quean (woman) 1. obsolete : the wife of a cotter 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fool — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Fool >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 fool fool idiot tomfool wiseacre simpleton witling dizzard donkey ass Sgm: N 1 ninny ninny ninnyhammer Sgm: N 1 chowderhead …   English dictionary for students

  • Cotqueanity — Cot*quean i*ty (k?t kw?n ? t?), n. The condition, character, or conduct of a cotquean. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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