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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quaint(adj)

    strange in an interesting or pleasing way

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

  2. quaint(adj)

    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 worlde(adj)

    attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)

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


  1. quaint(Noun)

    The vulva.

  2. quaint(Adjective)

    Of a person: cunning, crafty.

  3. quaint(Adjective)

    Cleverly made; artfully contrived.

  4. quaint(Adjective)

    Strange or odd; unusual.

  5. quaint(Adjective)

    Overly discriminating or needlessly meticulous; fastidious; prim.

  6. quaint(Adjective)

    Pleasingly unusual; especially, having old-fashioned charm.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quaint(adj)

    prudent; wise; hence, crafty; artful; wily

  2. Quaint(adj)

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

  3. Quaint(adj)

    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.]

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  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. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    Our quaint metaphysical opinions, in an hour of anguish, are like playthings by the bedside of a child deathly sick.

  2. James Joyce:

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

  3. Mitch McConnell:

    What can't be undone is a life time appointment to a young man or woman who believes in the quaint notion that the job of the judge is to follow the law, that's the most important thing we've done in the country, which can not be undone.

  4. Stephen DiMare:

    I think people enjoy visiting St. Augustine because it is quintessentially quaint, it’s European with tight buildings and narrow streets; it sits in a harbor with a coquina fort that looks past the barrier islands toward the open ocean.

  5. 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.

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  • طريفArabic
  • kuriózníCzech
  • løjerlig, kuriøs, ejendommeligDanish
  • pittoresk, kurios, wunderlich, malerisch, urigGerman
  • γραφικόGreek
  • curioso, pintorescoSpanish
  • عجیب و جالبPersian
  • remarquable, délicat, intelligence, pittoresque, incohérant, finesse, incovenant, exigeant, illogiqueFrench
  • विचित्रHindi
  • inappropriato, pittoresco, vano, caratteristico, bizzarro, curiosoItalian
  • מוּזָרHebrew
  • 風変わりなJapanese
  • 기이Korean
  • schranderheid, onlogisch, slimheid, typisch, kieskeurig, merkwaardig, veeleisend, onsamenhangend, pittoresk, ongepast, vreemdDutch
  • estranhoPortuguese
  • ciudatRomanian
  • старомодныйRussian
  • čudesan, staromodanSerbo-Croatian
  • sällsam, egendomlig, gammalmodig, sirlig, kuriös, pittoresk, ovanlig, gammaldags, märkvärdigSwedish
  • химернийUkrainian
  • 精巧Chinese

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