Definitions

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

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

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  • n. Alternative form of cot-quean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

Etymologies

cot2 + quean.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Cf. carlwife

    May 26, 2011

  • "'... 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

  • 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