Definitions for quailkweɪl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any of various small, plump New World gallinaceous birds of the subfamily Odontophorinae, of the pheasant family, as the bobwhite.
any of various similar Old World gallinaceous birds of the genus Coturnix, esp. C. coturnix, of Eurasia.
Origin of quail:
1300–50; ME quaille < OF < Gmc
to lose courage in difficulty or danger; shrink with fear.
* Syn: See wince.
Origin of quail:
1400–50; < MD quelen, queilen
flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised
small gallinaceous game birds
flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail(verb)
draw back, as with fear or pain
"she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
to die; to perish; hence, to wither; to fade
to become quelled; to become cast down; to sink under trial or apprehension of danger; to lose the spirit and power of resistance; to lose heart; to give way; to shrink; to cower
to cause to fail in spirit or power; to quell; to crush; to subdue
to curdle; to coagulate, as milk
any gallinaceous bird belonging to Coturnix and several allied genera of the Old World, especially the common European quail (C. communis), the rain quail (C. Coromandelica) of India, the stubble quail (C. pectoralis), and the Australian swamp quail (Synoicus australis)
any one of several American partridges belonging to Colinus, Callipepla, and allied genera, especially the bobwhite (called Virginia quail, and Maryland quail), and the California quail (Calipepla Californica)
any one of numerous species of Turnix and allied genera, native of the Old World, as the Australian painted quail (Turnix varius). See Turnix
a prostitute; -- so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Common name for two distinct groups of BIRDS in the order GALLIFORMES: the New World or American quails of the family Odontophoridae and the Old World quails in the genus COTURNIX, family Phasianidae.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
v. t., To shrink--a characteristic of the bird when ordered in a restaurant.
Translations for quail
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to draw back in fear; to shudder
The little boy quailed at the teacher's angry voice.
- terugdeins, sidderAfrikaans
- سُماني، سَلْوىArabic
- свивам сеBulgarian
- encolher-sePortuguese (BR)
- třást se, couvatCzech
- vige tilbageDanish
- δειλιάζω, τρέμω από φόβοGreek
- acobardarse, amedrentarseSpanish
- جا خوردن؛ خود را باختنFarsi
- reculer (devant)French
- हिम्मत हारनाHindi
- guggna, hörfa undanIcelandic
- drebēt (aiz bailēm)Latvian
- berasa kecutMalay
- vike tilbake; skjelve av skrekkNorwegian
- wzdrygnąć/cofnąć się (ze strachu)Polish
- جا خوردن؛ خود را باختنPersian
- بڼه (لويه بڼكه)،شهپر،دپروقلم،دشكاڼه غشيPashto
- a tremura (în faţa)Romanian
- triasť saSlovak
- ustrašiti seSlovenian
- bäva, skälvaSwedish
- korkup geriçekilmek, sinmekTurkish
- 畏縮，發抖Chinese (Trad.)
- похитнутися; спасуватиUkrainian
- خوف زدہ ہوناUrdu
- run sợVietnamese
- 畏缩，胆怯Chinese (Simp.)
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