You'll see this word pop up from time to time in the language of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. A quean is a disreputable, upstart, boisterous, impudent woman. The term is also synonymous with "prostitute."
|Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time by Bronzino, c. 1546|
|From Holbein's Danse Macabre, "The Nun"|