Etymology
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quean (n.)

中古英语 quene “女人; 出身低微的女人”, 来自古英语 cwene “女人”, 也是“女农奴, 妓女, 妓女” (如 portcwene “公家的女人” ), 来自古日耳曼语 *kwenon (也是古撒克逊语 quan, 古高德语 quena, 古诺尔语 kona, 哥特语 qino “妻子, 女人”, 中荷兰语 quene “虚荣或没有价值的女人” 的来源), 来自PIE根 *gwen- “女人”. 比较 queen (n.). -ea- 的拼写在 15 世纪早期就有证明.

Woman considered without regard to qualities or position (perhaps by contrast to the senses in queen), hence often a slighting or abusive term for a woman; in Middle English it could mean “a harlot; an old woman or crone,” and it was in popular use 16 Century-17 Century in the sense of “hussy”. 但在苏格兰语中常带有“年轻, 健壮的女人” 的意义(15世纪末).

到1935年, “娘娘腔同性恋” 的意义被记录下来, 根据Partridge的说法, 这尤其是在澳大利亚的俚语中.

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