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cotquean

[kot-kween]
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noun
  1. Archaic. a man who busies himself with traditionally women's household duties.
  2. Archaic. a coarse woman.

Origin of cotquean

First recorded in 1540–50; cot2 + quean
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Examples from the Web for cotquean

Historical Examples

  • He had given him the nickname of "Cotquean," and jeered at him whenever he saw him.

    Dame Care

    Hermann Sudermann

  • The twelfth, bayoguin, signified a “cotquean,” a man whose nature inclined toward that of a woman.


British Dictionary definitions for cotquean

cotquean

noun archaic
  1. a coarse woman
  2. a man who does housework

Word Origin

C16: see cot ², quean
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Word Origin and History for cotquean

n.

1540s, obsolete, "housewife of a cot," from cot (see cottage) + quean; hence "a vulgar beldam, scold" [OED]; also used contemptuously (by Shakespeare, etc.) of men seen as overly interested in housework.

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