quean queen

Well this is an interesting word…

The sketch came from a scene I remembered seeing in the tv show, ‘Big Bang Theory’

quean \kween\ , noun;
1. An overly forward, impudent woman; shrew; hussy.
2. A prostitute.
3. British Dialect. A girl or young woman, especially a robust one.

I answer thee, thou art a beggar, a quean, and a bawd.
— Thomas Middleton, Five Plays

Had I had my own will, I would have had her to Bridewell, to flog the wild blood out of her—a cutty quean, to think of wearing the breeches, and not so much as married yet!
— Sir Walter Scott, Waverley Novels

Quean, predictably, is rooted in the same Old English word that queen comes from, the word cwen which meant woman.

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