quean

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English quene(young, robust woman), from Old English cwene(woman, female serf), from Proto-Germanic *kwenǭ(woman), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn(woman). Cognate with Dutch kween(a barren woman, a barren cow), Low German quene(barren cow, heifer), German dialectal Kan, Chan(woman, wife), Swedish kvinna(woman), Icelandic kona(woman), Gothic 𐌵𐌹𐌽𐍉(qino, female, woman), 𐌵𐌴𐌽𐍃(qens, wife). More at queen.

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Noun[edit]

quean ‎(plural queans)

  1. A woman, now especially an impudent or disreputable woman; a prostitute. [from 10th c.]
  2. (Scotland) A young woman, a girl; a daughter. [from 15th c.]
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 30:
      Forbye the two queans there was the son, John Gordon, as coarse a devil as you'd meet, he'd already had two-three queans in trouble and him but barely eighteen years old.

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English cwene, from Proto-Germanic *kwenǭ(woman), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn(woman).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [kwin], [kwen], [kwəin]

Noun[edit]

quean ‎(plural queans)

  1. young woman, girl