quean

[ kween ]
/ kwin /

noun

an overly forward, impudent woman; shrew; hussy.
a prostitute.
British Dialect. a girl or young woman, especially a robust one.

Origin of quean

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

quean·ish, adjectivequean·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quean

quean

/ (kwiːn) /

noun

archaic
  1. a boisterous, impudent, or disreputable woman
  2. a prostitute; whore
Scot a young unmarried woman or girl

Word Origin for quean

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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