- a bold, brazen woman; hussy
- a prostitute
- Scot. a girl or unmarried woman
- alt. sp. of queen (sense )
Origin of queanMiddle English queyne from Old English cwene, akin to cwen, queen and Gothic qino, woman from Indo-European base an unverified form gwen?, woman from source queen, Sanskrit gan?, goddess, Classical Greek Gyn?, woman
- A woman regarded as being disreputable, especially a prostitute.
- Scots A young woman.
Origin of queanMiddle English quene from Old English cwene woman ; see gwen- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English quene (“young, robust woman"), from Old English cwene (“woman, female serf"), from Proto-Germanic *kwenÇ (“woman"), from Proto-Indo-European *gÊ·á¸—n (“woman"). Cognate with Dutch kween (“a barren woman, a barren cow"), Low German quene (“barren cow, heifer"), German dialectal Kan, Chan (“woman, wife"), Swedish kvinna (“woman"), Icelandic kona (“woman"), Gothic ðŒµðŒ¹ðŒ½ð‰ (qino, “female, woman"), ðŒµðŒ´ðŒ½ðƒ (qens, “wife"). More at queen.