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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.
(8) Mary Bly, Queer Virgins and Virgin Queans on the Early Modern Stage (Oxford, 2000), 121-6.
(43.) Bly, Queer Virgins and Virgin Queans on the Early Modern Stage, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000: 135-36.
Award-winning ice creams will also be served, from acclaimed local restaurant Queans.
(27) James Naughtie, 'Loons and queans and orramen', in the Guardian (G2), 25 November 2015, pp.
Recently, Houlbrook has argued convincingly for a "contingent tolerance" and an "equivocal" acceptance of "queans," who tenuously balanced sociability with verbal and physical abuse in certain areas of carly-twentieth-century London (159-60).
(5.) Mary Bly, Queer Virgins and Virgin Queans on the Early Modern Stage (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), 12, 68 n.l.
Liddie, An Old-Spelling, Critical Edition of The History of The Two Maids of More-Clacke (New York: Garland, 1979), 13-24, and Mary Bly, Queer Virgins and Virgin Queans on the Early Modern Stage (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), 47-50.
Banana and whisky, rhubarb crumble and dark chocolate and orange are just some of the sinfully delicious iced treats the chef and owner of Queans has created.
A two-story, 82,000-s/f industrial building at 132-05 Atlantic Avenue in Jamaica, Queans, tenanted for at least the next 20 years by New York City's Department of Sanitation, is on the market for sale through Eastern Consolidated priced at $12 million.