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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 worldeadjective
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.
Etymology: From cointe, queinte et al., cointe, from cognitus, past participle of cognosco.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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
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.
You mold your style according the presidential requirements, i was a lawyer, a barrister who went to court every day. Every judge is different and you adapt your argument according to the judge so it sort of comes naturally. Howman, who often represented athletes in New Zealand who could not afford his services and paid in cricket bats and All-Blacks rugby jerseys, has been there through all the highs and lows. When WADA opened in 2003, drugs in sport had already become a worldwide epidemic and fair play was merely a quaint idea. Doping was firmly entrenched in the sporting culture, largely tolerated, if not tacitly accepted, by those who competed in everything from cycling's Tour de France to baseball's World Series. With no meaningful out-of-competition testing, a mish-mash of sanctions and banned substance lists, entrepreneurs such as BALCO mastermind Victor Conte operated in near impunity, pushing out designer steroids faster than tests could be developed to detect them. From a small headquarters in Montreal, WADA has grown into a global agency with four regional offices and 35 laboratories, although four are currently under suspension.
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.
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.
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.
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- kuriøs, løjerlig, ejendommeligDanish
- pittoresk, kurios, wunderlich, malerisch, urigGerman
- pintoresco, curiosoSpanish
- عجیب و جالبPersian
- exigeant, illogique, finesse, incovenant, incohérant, remarquable, délicat, intelligence, pittoresqueFrench
- caratteristico, inappropriato, pittoresco, curioso, vano, bizzarroItalian
- onsamenhangend, vreemd, kieskeurig, schranderheid, ongepast, onlogisch, merkwaardig, pittoresk, typisch, slimheid, veeleisendDutch
- staromodan, čudesanSerbo-Croatian
- egendomlig, sällsam, kuriös, gammaldags, sirlig, pittoresk, gammalmodig, märkvärdig, ovanligSwedish
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