Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A coarse or scolding woman.
  • noun A man who busies himself with domestic matters traditionally regarded as suitable only for women.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A man who busies himself with the affairs which properly belong to women.
  • noun A coarse, masculine woman; a bold hussy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A man who busies himself with affairs which properly belong to women.
  • noun obsolete A she-cuckold; a cucquean; a henhussy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative form of cot-quean.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[cot + quean.]

Comments

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  • n. Archaic

    1. A coarse or scolding woman.

    2. A man who busies himself with domestic matters traditionally regarded as suitable only for women.

    December 16, 2007

  • "'... and the Dey despised the Vizier as a cotquean, in spite of his numerous harem, his collection of guns and his status as an important shareholder in the larger associations of corsairs.'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 211–212

    March 25, 2008

  • Cf. carlwife

    May 26, 2011