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quaint


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Quaint  \Quaint\,  a.  [OE.  queint,  queynte  coint,  prudent,  wise, 
  cunning,  pretty,  odd,  OF  cointe  cultivated,  amiable, 
  agreeable,  neat,  fr  L.  cognitus  known  p.  p.  of  cognoscere 
  to  know  con  +  noscere  (for  gnoscere)  to  know  See  {Know}, 
  and  cf  {Acquaint},  {Cognition}.] 
  1.  Prudent;  wise;  hence  crafty;  artful;  wily.  [Obs.] 
 
  Clerks  be  full  subtle  and  full  quaint.  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  Characterized  by  ingenuity  or  art;  finely  fashioned; 
  skillfully  wrought;  elegant;  graceful;  nice;  neat. 
  [Archaic]  ``  The  queynte  ring.''  ``  His  queynte  spear.'' 
  --Chaucer.  ``  A  shepherd  young  quaint.''  --Chapman. 
 
  Every  look  was  coy  and  wondrous  quaint.  --Spenser. 
 
  To  show  bow  quaint  an  orator  you  are  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Curious  and  fanciful;  affected;  odd;  whimsical;  antique; 
  archaic;  singular;  unusual;  as  quaint  architecture;  a 
  quaint  expression. 
 
  Some  stroke  of  quaint  yet  simple  pleasantry. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  An  old  long-faced,  long-bodied  servant  in  quaint 
  livery.  --W.  Irving. 
 
  Syn:  {Quaint},  {Odd},  {Antique}. 
 
  Usage:  Antique  is  applied  to  that  which  has  come  down  from 
  the  ancients,  or  which  is  made  to  imitate  some  ancient 
  work  of  art.  Odd  implies  disharmony,  incongruity,  or 
  unevenness.  An  odd  thing  or  person  is  an  exception  to 
  general  rules  of  calculation  and  procedure,  or 
  expectation  and  common  experience.  In  the  current  use 
  of  quaint,  the  two  ideas  of  odd  and  antique  are 
  combined,  and  the  word  is  commonly  applied  to  that 
  which  is  pleasing  by  reason  of  both  these  qualities. 
  Thus  we  speak  of  the  quaint  architecture  of  many  old 
  buildings  in  London;  or  a  quaint  expression,  uniting 
  at  once  the  antique  and  the  fanciful. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  quaint 
  adj  1:  attractively  old-fashioned;  "houses  with  quaint  thatched 
  roofs";  "a  vaulted  roof  supporting  quaint  chimney 
  pots"  [syn:  {old-time}] 
  2:  strange  in  an  interesting  or  pleasing  way  "quaint  dialect 
  words";  "quaint  streets  of  New  Orleans,  that  most  foreign 
  of  American  cities" 
  3:  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" 




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