American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of the Society of Friends.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who quakes or trembles.
- n. [capitalized] One of the religious denomination called the Society of Friends. The name, originally given in reproach, has never been adopted by the Society. See
Society of Friends, under friend.
- n. A Quaker gun (which see, under gun).
- n. In entomology, one of certain noctuid moths: an English collectors' name. Agrotis castanea is the common quaker, and Mamestra nana is the small quaker. Also quaker-moth.
- n. A Philadelphian or Pennsylvanian: from the historical association of Quakers with that city and that State.
- n. religion A believer of the Quaker faith and a member of the Society of Friends, known for their pacifist views.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who quakes.
- n. One of a religious sect founded by George Fox, of Leicestershire, England, about 1650, -- the members of which call themselves
Friends. They were called Quakers, originally, in derision. See Friend, n., 4.
- n. The nankeen bird.
- n. The sooty albatross.
- n. Any grasshopper or locust of the genus Edipoda; -- so called from the quaking noise made during flight.
- n. one who quakes and trembles with (or as with) fear
- n. a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)
- A name given to members of the Religious Society of Friends in England when, in his defense, the leader of the Society said that the English judge would be the one to quake with fear before God on his Day of Judgment. (Wiktionary)
- From quake (from an early leader's admonishment to "tremble at the word of the Lord”). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term Quaker now so venerated and respected was given this sect in derision, just as the Puritans,”
“But, as he was intellectually brilliant and personally attractive, these people were as a rule ready to overlook what they called the Quaker oats.”
“But she should be dressed as a nun; I think she looks almost what you call a Quaker;”
“But she should be dressed as a nun; I think she looks almost what you call a Quaker; I would dress her as a nun in my picture.”
“That said, there is a natural homogeneity in Quaker thought, as difficult as it is for outsiders to understand it.”
“Nobody essentially has an Elizabethan accent these days, nonetheless in Quaker as good as Upper-Crust Philadelphia circles, a Elizabethan demeanour of vocalization pops out during odd moments, as a code approach of asking strangers, Are we a internal Philadelphian?”
“So being a Quaker is decisively determined by the result of a committee's acceptance?”
“I don't meditate, but I do regularly take part in Quaker Meeting for Worship, which looks quite similar from the outside.”
“Liam Adams, Quaker, is an Amish boy who can create earthquakes with his belly.”
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