American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. 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).
- adj. Unfamiliar or unusual in character; strange: quaint dialect words. See Synonyms at strange.
- adj. Cleverly made; artful.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Known; familiar.
- Artful; clever; cunning; crafty; wily.
- Artificial; ingenious; elaborate; curious; pretty; elegant; fine.
- Fanciful; odd; whimsical: as, a quaint phrase; a quaint talker.
- Odd and antique; old-fashioned; curious; odd in any way.
- Affectedly nice; squeamish; prim.
- = Syn.5. Old, Antique, etc. See ancient.
- To acquaint; inform; cause to know.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Prudent; wise; hence, crafty; artful; wily.
- adj. Archaic Characterized by ingenuity or art; finely fashioned; skillfully wrought; elegant; graceful; nice; neat.
- adj. Curious and fanciful; affected; odd; whimsical; antique; archaic; singular; unusual.
- adj. attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)
- adj. very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance
- adj. strange in an interesting or pleasing way
- From Anglo-Norman cointe, queinte et al., Old French cointe ("pretty, clever, knowing"), from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognoscere ("to know"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, clever, cunning, peculiar, from Old French queinte, cointe, from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognōscere, to learn; see cognition. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She confesses to Hicks in a letter in 1943 that she had abandoned what you call my 'quaint virginity cult' some time ago & haven't regretted it for one second.”
“PILGRIM: Bill, Bush nominee Alberto Gonzales is in the spotlight because of a memo he wrote to his White House legal counsel talking about new definitions of torture and the Geneva Convention provisions which he called quaint and talking about special people for war on terror, special rules for war on terror.”
“Covert, they read, in quaint carved letters under the eave of the porch.”
“Instead, he characterizes what, from the Palestinian point of view is the Israeli land grab, in quaint Israeli partisan terms, ie: family expansion.”
“Elizabeth McCutchen and a friend were walking to book club two weeks ago in quaint Farmville, Virginia, when they strolled by a home on First Avenue.”
“The story starts off in quaint fashion, as Vlad's English teacher gets offed by a mysterious vampire hunting Vlad.”
“The crumbling downtown building represents everything old and quaint from a simpler, slower time.”
“Who that has known a man quick and shrewd to see dispassionately the inner history, the reason and the ends, of the combinations of society, and at the same time eloquent to tell of them, with a hold on the attention gained by a certain quaint force and sagacity resident in no other man, can find it difficult to understand why men still resort to Montesquieu?”
“You remind me of certain quaint folks I have met who assume H. P.Lovecraft's "Necronomicon" must really exist, or, similarly for Tolkein's "Red Book of Westermarch".”
“Spring training was in quaint little Florida and Arizona towns then.”
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