(?), n. [Originally, a woman, AS. cwene; akin to OS. quena, OHG. quena, Icel. kona, Goth qin, and AS. cwn, also to Gr. woman, wife, Skr. gn goddess. Cf. Queen.] 1. A woman; a young or unmarried woman; a girl. [Obs. or Scot.] Chaucer.
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2. A low woman; a wench; a slut. "The dread of every scolding quean." Gay.
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