from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman regarded as being disreputable, especially a prostitute.
- n. Scots A young woman.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman; a young or unmarried woman; a girl.
- n. A low woman; a wench; a slut.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman; a female person, considered without regard to qualities or position: hence generally in a slighting use.
Middle English quene, from Old English cwene, woman; see gwen- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English quene ("young, robust woman"), from Old English cwene ("woman, female serf"), from Proto-Germanic *kwenōn (“woman”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn (“woman”). Cognate with Dutch kween ("a barren woman, a barren cow"), Low German quene ("barren cow, heifer"), German dialectal Kan, Chan ("woman, wife"), Swedish kvinna ("woman"), Icelandic kona ("woman"), Gothic 𐌵𐌹𐌽𐍉 (qino, "female, woman"), 𐌵𐌴𐌽𐍃 (qens, "wife"). More at queen. (Wiktionary)