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Meaning of QUEAN

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Quean\, n. [Originally, a woman, AS. cwene; akin to OS.
quena, OHG. quena, Icel. kona, Goth qin?, and AS. cw['e]n,
also to Gr. ? woman, wife, Skr. gn[=a] goddess. Cf. {Queen}.]
1. A woman; a young or unmarried woman; a girl. [Obs. or
   Scot.] --Chaucer.

2. A low woman; a wench; a slut. ``The dread of every
   scolding quean.'' --Gay.

 

 

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