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Quean

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Quean. n.s. [cƿan, Saxon, a barren cow; hoꞃcƿn, in the laws of Canute, a strumpet.] A worthless woman, generally a strumpet.

As fit as the nail to his hole, or as a scolding quean to a wrangling knave. Shakesp.

This well they understand like cunning queans,
And hide their nastiness behind the scenes.
Dryden.

Such is that sprinkling, which some careless quean
Flirts on you from her mop.
Swift.

Sources: Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well (21) · Dryden, John (788) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Quean." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 30, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=8547.


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