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1. A woman regarded as being disreputable, especially a prostitute.
2. Scots A young woman.
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a. a boisterous, impudent, or disreputable woman
b. a prostitute; whore
2. Scot a young unmarried woman or girl
[Old English cwene; related to Old Saxon, Old High German quena, Gothic qino, Old Norse kona, Greek gunē woman. Compare queen]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. an impudent woman; hussy.
3. Scot. a girl or young woman.
[before 1000; Middle English quene, Old English cwene, c. Middle Dutch quene, kone, Old High German quena, Old Norse kona, Gothic qino < Germanic *kwenōn-, < c. Old Irish ben, Greek gynḗ, Skt jáni < Indo-European *gwen-Ha; akin to queen]
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