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quean

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(Adult / Slang)
1. Obsolete orthographic variant for queen. This spelling disappeared in the early 20 th century when quean started being associated with homosexuality.

2. According to James T. Henke in Courtesans and Cuckolds. A Glossary of Renaissance Dramatic Bawdy (1979), a prostitute, while quean's evil referred to gonorrhea.



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