Origin of quean
Examples from the Web for quean
A knave and a quean, a thief and a strumpet, a couple of beggars, a brace of baggages.
She could coax you to the buying like a Cumnock quean, and fleece you in the selling like the cadgers o' Kincardine.The House with the Green Shutters|George Douglas Brown
There is many a quean in it, fairer than I twice told, and not spoiled with weeping.
Spelling being fluid in Captain Dangerous' life, spellings such as "Quean" (which shows up twice) were retained.The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 3 of 3|George Augustus Sala
There is many a quean in it fairer than I twice told, and not spoiled with weeping.
British Dictionary definitions for quean
- a boisterous, impudent, or disreputable woman
- a prostitute; whore
Word Origin for quean
Word Origin and History for quean
"young, robust woman," Old English cwene "woman," also "female serf, hussy, prostitute" (cf. portcwene "public woman"), from Proto-Germanic *kwenon (cf. Old Saxon quan, Old High German quena, Old Norse kona, Gothic qino "wife, woman"); see queen. Popular 16c.-17c. in sense "hussy." Sense of "effeminate homosexual" is recorded from 1935, especially in Australian slang.