quean

noun
\ˈkwēn, ˈkwān \

Definition of quean 

1 : a disreputable woman specifically : prostitute

2 chiefly Scotland : woman especially : one that is young or unmarried

Examples of quean in a Sentence

in pirate tales there's always the raucous tavern and its cadre of buxom queans

First Known Use of quean

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for quean

Middle English quene, from Old English cwene; akin to Old English cwēn woman, queen

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