n. Archaic
1. A coarse or scolding woman.
2. A man who busies himself with domestic matters traditionally regarded as suitable only for women.

[cot + quean.]


1. a coarse woman
2. a man who does housework
[C16: see cot2, quean]



n. Archaic.
1. a man who busies himself with the household duties traditionally done by women.
2. a coarse woman.
[1540–50; cot2 + quean]
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