quaint

  • 1 Quaint — Quaint, a. [OE. queint, queynte, coint, prudent, wise, cunning, pretty, odd, OF. cointe cultivated, amiable, agreeable, neat, fr. L. cognitus known, p. p. of cognoscere to know; con + noscere (for gnoscere) to know. See {Know}, and cf. {Acquaint} …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 quaint´ly — quaint «kwaynt», adjective. 1. a) strange or odd in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way: »Old photographs seem quaint to us today. b) old fashioned but picturesque or attractive: »a quaint old house. 2. Obsolete. wise; skilled; clever …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 3 quaint — [kweınt] adj [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: cointe clever , from Latin cognitus known ] unusual and attractive, especially in an old fashioned way ▪ a quaint little village in Yorkshire …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 quaint — [ kweınt ] adjective interesting or attractive with a slightly strange and old fashioned quality ╾ quaint|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 5 quaint — (adj.) early 13c., cunning, proud, ingenious, from O.Fr. cointe pretty, clever, knowing, from L. cognitus known, pp. of cognoscere get or come to know well (see COGNIZANCE (Cf. cognizance)). Sense of old fashioned but charming is first attested… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 quaint — [adj1] strange, odd bizarre, curious, droll, eccentric, erratic, fanciful, fantastic, freakish, freaky*, funny, idiosyncratic, laughable, oddball, offbeat, off the beaten track*, original, outlandish, peculiar, queer, singular, special, unusual,… …

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  • 7 quaint — index eccentric, nonconforming, novel, outdated, outmoded Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 8 quaint — *strange, odd, queer, outlandish, curious, peculiar, eccentric, erratic, singular, unique Analogous words: *fantastic, bizarre, grotesque: droll, funny, *laughable: archaic, antiquated, antique (see OLD) …

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  • 9 quaint — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ attractively unusual or old fashioned. DERIVATIVES quaintly adverb quaintness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «wise», «ingenious»: from Old French cointe, from Latin cognoscere ascertain …

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  • 10 quaint — [kwānt] adj. [ME cointe < OFr < L cognitus, known: see COGNITION] 1. Obs. clever or skilled 2. Now Rare wrought with skill; ingenious 3. unusual or old fashioned in a pleasing way 4. singular; unusual; curious 5. fanciful; whimsical …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 quaint — ac·quaint·ance; ac·quaint·ance·ship; quaint·ish; quaint·ly; quaint·ness; ac·quaint; quaint; un·ac·quaint·ed·ness; …

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  • 12 quaint — [[t]kweɪnt[/t]] adj. er, est 1) having an old fashioned charm; oddly picturesque: a quaint old house[/ex] 2) peculiar or unusual in an interesting or amusing way: a quaint sense of humor[/ex] 3) skillfully or cleverly made 4) Obs. wise; skilled • …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 quaint — [[t]kwe͟ɪnt[/t]] quainter, quaintest ADJ GRADED Something that is quaint is attractive because it is unusual and rather old fashioned. ...a small, quaint town with narrow streets and traditional half timbered houses... That s how concepts like… …

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  • 14 quaint — adjective Etymology: Middle English queinte, cointe, from Anglo French, clever, expert, from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognoscere to know more at cognition Date: 13th century 1. obsolete expert, skilled 2. a. marked by skillful design <… …

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  • 15 quaint — quaintly, adv. quaintness, n. /kwaynt/, adj., quainter, quaintest. 1. having an old fashioned attractiveness or charm; oddly picturesque: a quaint old house. 2. strange, peculiar, or unusual in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way: a quaint… …

    Universalium

  • 16 quaint — adjective 1) a quaint town Syn: picturesque, charming, sweet, attractive, old fashioned, old world, cunning; pseudoarchaic olde, olde worlde Ant: ugly, modern 2) quaint customs …

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  • 17 quaint — adjective 1) a quaint town Syn: picturesque, charming, sweet, attractive, old fashioned, old world; Brit. twee; N.Amer. cunning 2) quaint customs Syn: unusual, curious, eccentric, quirky …

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  • 18 quaint — /kweɪnt / (say kwaynt) adjective 1. strange or odd in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way: *They liked to be clean and had a quaint way of placing both paws together in a cup like fashion –lyla stevens, 1956. 2. oddly picturesque; having an… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 quaint — 1. adjective /kweɪnt/ a) Strange or odd; unusual. But you, my Lord, were glad to be imployd, / To shew how queint an Orator you are. b) Pleasingly unusual; especially, having old fashioned charm …

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  • 20 quaint — See queer. See queer, quaint, odd …

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