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2 entries found for quaint.
quaint ( P ) Pronunciation Key (kwnt)
adj. quaint·er, quaint·est
– Charmingly odd, especially in an old-fashioned way: “Sarah Orne Jewett… was dismissed by one critic as merely a New England old maid who wrote quaint, plotless sketches of late 19th-century coastal Maine” (James McManus).
– Unfamiliar or unusual in character; strange: quaint dialect words. See Synonyms at strange.
– Cleverly made; artful.

[Middle English, clever, cunning, peculiar, from Old French queinte, cointe, from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognscere, to learn. See cognition.]
quaintly adv.
quaintness n.


adj 1: strange in an interesting or pleasing way; “quaint dialect words”; “quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities” 2: 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: attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic); “houses with quaint thatched roofs”; “a vaulted roof supporting old-time chimney pots” [syn: old-time, olde worlde]

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