quean

  • 1Quean — Quean, n. [Originally, a woman, AS. cwene; akin to OS. quena, OHG. quena, Icel. kona, Goth qin?, and AS. cw[ e]n, also to Gr. ? woman, wife, Skr. gn[=a] goddess. Cf. {Queen}.] 1. A woman; a young or unmarried woman; a girl. [Obs. or Scot.]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2quean — (n.) 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 (Cf. queen …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3quean — [kwēn] n. [ME queyne < OE cwene, akin to cwen, QUEEN & Goth qino, woman < IE base * gwenā, woman > QUEEN, Sans ganā, goddess, Gr Gynē, woman] 1. Archaic a) a bold, brazen woman; hussy b) a prostitute …

    English World dictionary

  • 4quean — North Country (Newcastle) Words a term of abuse to a female; but not always used in a reproachful sense: a sturdy quean , a good like quean …

    English dialects glossary

  • 5quean — n British the earlier spelling of queen, meaning an effeminate homosexual. This spelling coexisted with queen until the early 1960s when it virtually disappeared. Quean was a descendant of Old and Mid dle English words related to (but not derived …

    Contemporary slang

  • 6quean — cot·quean; quean; …

    English syllables

  • 7quean — noun Etymology: Middle English quene, from Old English cwene; akin to Old English cwēn woman, queen Date: before 12th century 1. a disreputable woman; specifically prostitute 2. chiefly Scottish woman; especially one that is young or unmarried …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8quean — queanish, adj. queanlike, adj. /kween/, n. 1. an overly forward, impudent woman; shrew; hussy. 2. a prostitute. 3. Brit. Dial. a girl or young woman, esp. a robust one. [bef. 1000; ME quene, OE cwene; c. MD quene, kone, OS, OHG quena, Goth qino < …

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  • 9quean — noun /kwiːn/ An impudent woman; a prostitute …

    Wiktionary

  • 10Quean — A woman. The word s use was uncomplimentary, being later used of prostitutes. It shares its root with queen but is a discrete word. [&LT; OldEngl. cwene = a woman] …

    Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 11quean — see GYNAECOLOGY …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 12quean — queen …

    American English homophones

  • 13quean — n. disobedient or rebellious woman; slut, prostitute; young woman, girl …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 14quean — [kwi:n] noun archaic 1》 an impudent girl or woman. 2》 a prostitute. Origin OE cwene woman , of Gmc origin …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 15quean — n. Jade, hussy, base woman, sorry wench …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 16quean — n 1. hussy, Sl. broad, brazen woman, Archaic. malapert, jade; shrew, harridan, scold, virago, vixen, termagant, Sl. bitch. 2. prostitute, harlot, strumpet, whore; slut, slattern, demirep, cocotte, demimondaine, loose woman, wanton, fallen woman,&#8230; …

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  • 17quean — (kwēn), n. 1) an impudent woman; hussy 2) prostitute 3) brit. Scot. a girl or young woman • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME quene, OE cwene, c. MD quene, kone, OHG quena, ONkona, Go qino &LT; Gmc *kwenōn , &LT; c. OIrben, Gkgynḗ, Sktjáni&LT; IE*gwen Ha; …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18quean — 1. A whore or prostitute 2. A young, unmarried woman …

    Grandiloquent dictionary

  • 19quean — /kwin/ (say kween) noun 1. Colloquial a male homosexual. 2. Obsolete a bold, impudent woman; shrew; hussy. 3. Obsolete a female prostitute. {Middle English quene, from Old English cwene woman; related to Greek gynē woman. Compare queen} …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 20quean —   n. virago; lewd woman; (Scottish) unmarried woman or girl …

    Dictionary of difficult words