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quean

 (kwēn)
n.
1. A woman regarded as being disreputable, especially a prostitute.
2. Scots A young woman.

[Middle English quene, from Old English cwene, woman; see gwen- in Indo-European roots.]
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quean

(kwiːn)
n
1. archaic
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]
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quean


(kwēn),
n.
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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References in classic literature ?
It's yon flaysome, graceless quean, that's witched our lad, wi' her bold een and her forrard ways - till - Nay!
But since your reverend wisdom hath discovered this Jewish quean to be a sorceress, perchance it may account fully for his enamoured folly.''
Good Luck, she is never a lady, But the cursedest quean alive, Tricksy, wincing, and jady - Kittle to lead or drive.
His twelve disciples are equally marginalised, drawn from the fringes of society and / or specifically represented as likely to be in conflict with organised religion: among them is a cleaner of toilets, joined by an unsuccessful call-girl 'who turned it up for nothing', a 'sad old quean', an alcoholic priest 'going slowly mad' and a housewife 'who had forgotten the Pill'.
Huang Wei Sen, Li Fei Yun, Cheng Rong Quan, Huang Yong Cheng, Huang Wei Bin, Chen Quean Qing, and Chen Han Xiang.
Hirsch, "Three Wax Images, Two Italian Gentlemen, and One English Queen" (155-68); Juditch Bonzol, '"In good reporte and honest estimacion amongst her neighbours': Cunning Women in the Star Chamber and on the Stage in Early Modern England" (169-84); Jessica Dell, "'A witch, a quean, an old cozening quean!': Image Magic and Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor" (185-202); Helen Ostovich, "'Gingerbread Progeny' in Bartholomew Fair" (203-14); Andrew Loeb, "'My poor fiddle is bewitched': Music, Magic, and the Theatre in The Witch of Edmonton and The Late Lancashire Witches" (215-32).
ye dirty Quean! Yea, Pinching of such jarring Strings he'd shew Scratchings, as well as Scoldings, of that Crew.
James has favourites and behaves like a quean in heat.
The ceremony was held at the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), with her Majesty Quean Rania Al Abdullah and Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya Bint El-Hasan in attendance.
David Lyon, Sociology, Quean's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada N7L3N6.
and nouns like boy, girl, kid, lad(die), lass(ie), man, quean and woman, and which may be separated by a comma (thus functioning independently) or may occur together as one syntactic unit in the same vocative form.
(68) The Mahdi will have a basket in which he carries relics of all the prophets, including the "cup" of Joseph.69 When the Qa'im comes, there will be great disagreement about the Quean (70) and he will know all of the Qur'anic sciences, including tafsir, ta'wil, ma'ani, and nasikh wa-mansukh.