from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Prudent; wise; hence, crafty; artful; wily.
- adj. Characterized by ingenuity or art; finely fashioned; skillfully wrought; elegant; graceful; nice; neat.
- adj. Curious and fanciful; affected; odd; whimsical; antique; archaic; singular; unusual
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
From Anglo-Norman cointe, queinte et al., Old French cointe ("pretty, clever, knowing"), from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognoscere ("to know"). (Wiktionary)