strange in an interesting or pleasing way
"quaint dialect words"; "quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities"
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"
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"
Of a person: cunning, crafty.
Cleverly made; artfully contrived.
Strange or odd; unusual.
Overly discriminating or needlessly meticulous; fastidious; prim.
Pleasingly unusual; especially, having old-fashioned charm.
Origin: From cointe, queinte et al., cointe, from cognitus, past participle of cognosco.
prudent; wise; hence, crafty; artful; wily
characterized by ingenuity or art; finely fashioned; skillfully wrought; elegant; graceful; nice; neat
curious and fanciful; affected; odd; whimsical; antique; archaic; singular; unusual; as, quaint architecture; a quaint expression
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
The numerical value of quaint in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of quaint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of quaint in a Sentence
Our quaint metaphysical opinions, in an hour of anguish, are like playthings by the bedside of a child deathly sick.
Across the page the numbers moved in grave morrice, in the mummery of their letters, wearing quaint caps of squares and cubes.
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.
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.
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.
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- løjerlig, kuriøs, ejendommeligDanish
- pittoresk, kurios, wunderlich, malerisch, urigGerman
- curioso, pintorescoSpanish
- عجیب و جالبPersian
- remarquable, délicat, intelligence, pittoresque, incohérant, finesse, incovenant, exigeant, illogiqueFrench
- inappropriato, pittoresco, vano, caratteristico, bizzarro, curiosoItalian
- schranderheid, onlogisch, slimheid, typisch, kieskeurig, merkwaardig, veeleisend, onsamenhangend, pittoresk, ongepast, vreemdDutch
- čudesan, staromodanSerbo-Croatian
- sällsam, egendomlig, gammalmodig, sirlig, kuriös, pittoresk, ovanlig, gammaldags, märkvärdigSwedish
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