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QUEAN. A worthless woman a strumpet. The meaning of this word, which is now seldom used, is said not to be well ascertained. 2 Roll. Ab. 296 Bac. Ab. Stander, U 3.

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The occurrences of boy, girl, kid, lad(die), lass(ock)(ie), man, quean and woman were then counted in both CMSW and in the RLS corpus using Wordsmith Tools (Scott, 2004); vocative forms were identified on the basis of a close qualitative reading of the occurrences; finally, figures were normalized per 10,000 words.
(34) De etimologias distintas, los dos vocablos "queen" y "quean" se pronuncian de la misma forma, pero la primera refiere a la reina mientras que la segunda, que significa "musa" o "quen" ("comadrona"), llego a referirse, a partir del siglo XI, a "prostituta".
"Cucu el rey, cucu e la reina, cuantuh anuh e via me quean?", y las veces que oyen decir "cu-cu" son los anos que aun viviran.
Pues quean necessaria sea la beuna habla y pronunciacion [...] La Tercera, para el decor y bien parecer, hermosura y forma del hombre, que por cierto sin ellos deforme paresce y assi los hizo naturaleza menudos y blancos (58).
21] La imagen de una playa cubierta de huesos de naufragos (o de marineros devorados por las sirenas, o de muertos por otro moti vo) aparece en la poesia latina, aunque siempre con la caracteristica, que aqui Quevedo omite, de que los huesos son blancos o que "blan quean" la playa: "Iamque adeo scopulos Sirenum advecta subibat, / difficilis quondam multorumque ossibus albos" (88).
Brian Jacques' THE SABLE QUEAN (9780399251641, $23.99) provides another fine Redwall fantasy for older teen readers.
Brief references to two minor characters imply that pregnancy outside marriage occurs commonly among the metal workers: "Norman had got a tart into trouble," and Bob's "quean was "two months gone already" (526, 648).
Chapter 3 examines how Jonson uses the staging of a fairy queen (or quean) to ameliorate religious satire in The Alchemist.
Anti-blasphemy laws provide the death penalty for defiling Islam or its prophets; life imprisonment for defiling, damaging, or desecrating the Quean; and 10 years' imprisonment for insulting the religious feelings of any citizen.
$1,695-4,540 Memphis (Tunica) Delta Quean Steamboat Co.
By contrast, the knowledge used to produce information is harder to codify or summarize on a piece of paper (Audretsch, Quean).
That year she made her West End debut in "Knave and Quean" and had a major London success the following year in Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude." By 1933, she had starred in the smash Jerome Kern tuner "Music in the Air," prompting Novello to pen three musicals for her: the smashes "Glamorous Night" (1935) and "The Dancing Years" (1939) as well as the less successful "Arc de Triomphe" (1943).