Definition for queening (2 of 2)
- Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual, especially one who is flamboyantly campy or effeminate.
- drag queen.
verb (used without object)
Origin of queen
Examples from the Web for queening
There is a low open seat for sale that fits over the face called the “queening stool.”
Sibyl, queening it at some distance, had the air of conferring a favour as she listened.The Whirlpool|George Gissing
This is technically called “queening a pawn,” although it does not follow that a Queen is always called for.Three Hundred Things a Bright Boy Can Do|Anonymous
Do you suppose the girl has married some rich widower and is queening it here in Washington society?The Heatherford Fortune|Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
I find myself still wondering how any pretty woman ever kept her mental poise when queening it at those Western posts.Tenting on the Plains|Elizabeth B. Custer
She rather fancied the picture of herself, clothed in more or less authority and queening it over her little army of teachers.The Brown Mouse|Herbert Quick
British Dictionary definitions for queening (1 of 2)
- the only fertile female in a colony of social insects, such as bees, ants, and termites, from the eggs of which the entire colony develops
- (as modifier)a queen bee
Word Origin for queen
British Dictionary definitions for queening (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for queening
Old English cwen "queen, female ruler of a state, woman, wife," from Proto-Germanic *kwoeniz (cf. Old Saxon quan "wife," Old Norse kvaen, Gothic quens), ablaut variant of *kwenon (source of quean), from PIE *gwen- "woman, wife" supposedly originally "honored woman" (cf. Greek gyné "a woman, a wife;" Gaelic bean "woman;" Sanskrit janis "a woman," gná "wife of a god, a goddess;" Avestan jainish "wife;" Armenian kin "woman;" Old Church Slavonic zena, Old Prussian genna "woman;" Gothic qino "a woman, wife; qéns "a queen").
The original sense seems to have been "wife," specialized by Old English to "wife of a king." In Old Norse, still mostly of a wife generally, e.g. kvan-fang "marriage, taking of a wife," kvanlauss "unmarried, widowed," kvan-riki "the domineering of a wife." English is one of the few Indo-European languages to have a word for "queen" that is not a feminine derivative of a word for "king." The others are Scandinavian: Old Norse drottning, Danish dronning, Swedish drottning "queen," in Old Norse also "mistress," but these also are held to be ultimately from male words, e.g. Old Norse drottinn "master."
Used of chess piece from mid-15c. (as a verb in chess, in reference to a pawn that has reached the last rank, from 1789), of playing card from 1570s. Of bees from c.1600 (until late 17c., they generally were thought to be kings; cf. "Henry V," I.ii); queen bee in a figurative sense is from 1807. Meaning "male homosexual" (especially a feminine and ostentatious one) first certainly recorded 1924; probably here an alteration of quean, which is earlier in this sense. Queen Anne first used 1878 for "style characteristic of the time of Queen Anne of Great Britain and Ireland," who reigned 1702-14. Cincinnati, Ohio, has been the Queen City (of the West) since 1835.