What does quaint mean?

Definitions for quaint

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word quaint.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quaintadjective

    strange in an interesting or pleasing way

    "quaint dialect words"; "quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities"

  2. quaintadjective

    very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance

    "the head terminating in the quaint duck bill which gives the animal its vernacular name"- Bill Beatty; "came forth a quaint and fearful sight"- Sir Walter Scott; "a quaint sense of humor"

  3. old-time, quaint, olde worldeadjective

    attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)

    "houses with quaint thatched roofs"; "a vaulted roof supporting old-time chimney pots"


  1. quaintnoun

    The vulva.

  2. quaintadjective

    Of a person: cunning, crafty.

  3. quaintadjective

    Cleverly made; artfully contrived.

  4. quaintadjective

    Strange or odd; unusual.

  5. quaintadjective

    Overly discriminating or needlessly meticulous; fastidious; prim.

  6. quaintadjective

    Pleasingly unusual; especially, having old-fashioned charm.

  7. Etymology: From cointe, queinte et al., cointe, from cognitus, past participle of cognosco.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. QUAINTadjective

    Etymology: coint, Fr. comptus, Lat.

    Each ear sucks up the words a true love scattereth,
    And plain speech oft, than quaint phrase framed is. Philip Sidney.

    You were glad to be employ’d,
    To shew how quaint an orator you are. William Shakespeare.

    He spends some pages about two similitudes; one of mine, and another quainter of his own. Edward Stillingfleet.

    As clerkes been full subtle and queint. Geoffrey Chaucer.

    But for a fine, quaint, graceful and excellent fashion, yours is worth ten on’t. William Shakespeare.

    Her mother hath intended,
    That, quaint in green, she shall be loose enrob’d
    With ribbands pendent, flaring ’bout her head. William Shakespeare.

    I never saw a better fashion’d gown,
    More quaint, more pleasing, nor more commendable. Sha.

    I’ll speak of frays,
    Like a fine bragging youth, and tell quaint lies,
    How honourable ladies sought my love,
    Which I denying they fell sick and died. William Shakespeare.

    He his fabrick of the heav’ns
    Hath left to their disputes, perhaps to move
    His laughter at their quaint opinions wide
    Hereafter. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. viii.

    With such fair slight him Guyon fail’d:
    Till at the last, all breathless, weary and faint,
    Him spying, with fresh onset he assail’d,
    And kindling new his courage, seeming quaint,
    Struck him so hugely, that through great constraint
    He made him stoop. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    To this we owe those monstrous productions, which under the name of trips, spies, amusements, and other conceited appellations, have overrun us; and I wish I could say, those quaint fopperies were wholly absent from graver subjects. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quaintadjective

    prudent; wise; hence, crafty; artful; wily

  2. Quaintadjective

    characterized by ingenuity or art; finely fashioned; skillfully wrought; elegant; graceful; nice; neat

  3. Quaintadjective

    curious and fanciful; affected; odd; whimsical; antique; archaic; singular; unusual; as, quaint architecture; a quaint expression

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quaint

    kwānt, adj. unusual: odd: whimsical: (obs.) prim, affectedly nice: fine: (Shak.) clever.—adv. Quaint′ly.—n. Quaint′ness. [O. Fr. coint—L. cognitus, known. Some confusion with L. comptus, neat, is probable.]

How to pronounce quaint?

How to say quaint in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quaint in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quaint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of quaint in a Sentence

  1. Andy Carroll:

    This generation sees letters as a very quaint, bygone thing that people used to do, but what they contain is some of the most extraordinary, most powerful sentiments and emotions because everything is more vibrant through the lens of warfare.

  2. Northrop Frye:

    Popular art is normally decried as vulgar by the cultivated people of its time; then it loses favor with its original audience as a new generation grows up; then it begins to merge into the softer lighting of quaint, and cultivated people become interested in it, and finally it begins to take on the archaic dignity of the primitive.

  3. John Jay Chapman:

    If American politics does not look to you like a joke, a tragic dance; if you have enough blindness left in you, on any plea, on any excuse, to vote for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party (for at present machine and party are one), or for any candidate who does not stand for a new era, -- then you yourself pass into the slide of the magic-lantern; you are an exhibit, a quaint product, a curiosity of the American soil. You are part of the problem.

  4. James Joyce:

    Across the page the numbers moved in grave morrice, in the mummery of their letters, wearing quaint caps of squares and cubes.

  5. Clive Moore:

    A current joke is that people lament the decline of Honiara's quaint Honiaras Chinatown, which is no longer central, but then others say it does not matter as the whole of Honiara is Honiaras Chinatown now.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for quaint

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • طريفArabic
  • kuriózníCzech
  • kuriøs, løjerlig, ejendommeligDanish
  • pittoresk, kurios, wunderlich, malerisch, urigGerman
  • γραφικόGreek
  • pintoresco, curiosoSpanish
  • عجیب و جالبPersian
  • exigeant, illogique, finesse, incovenant, incohérant, remarquable, délicat, intelligence, pittoresqueFrench
  • विचित्रHindi
  • caratteristico, inappropriato, pittoresco, curioso, vano, bizzarroItalian
  • מוּזָרHebrew
  • 風変わりなJapanese
  • 기이Korean
  • onsamenhangend, vreemd, kieskeurig, schranderheid, ongepast, onlogisch, merkwaardig, pittoresk, typisch, slimheid, veeleisendDutch
  • estranhoPortuguese
  • ciudatRomanian
  • старомодныйRussian
  • staromodan, čudesanSerbo-Croatian
  • egendomlig, sällsam, kuriös, gammaldags, sirlig, pittoresk, gammalmodig, märkvärdig, ovanligSwedish
  • химернийUkrainian
  • 精巧Chinese

Get even more translations for quaint »


Find a translation for the quaint definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these quaint definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "quaint." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 29 Sep. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/quaint>.

    Are we missing a good definition for quaint? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    very irritable
    • A. usurious
    • B. bristly
    • C. lacerate
    • D. commensal

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for quaint: