Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cut, as of chewing tobacco.
  • n. Chiefly British A pound sterling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The inherent nature of something.
  • n. A section of the Democratic-Republican Party between 1805 and 1811 (from tertium quid).
  • n. A sovereign or guinea.
  • n. Pound sterling.
  • n. pound (before the 1966 currency change)
  • n. pound, punt
  • n. euro
  • n. A piece of chewing tobacco.
  • n. the act of chewing such tobacco
  • v. To chew tobacco
  • v. To let food drop from the mouth whilst chewing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A portion suitable to be chewed; a cud.
  • n. An English coin, a sovereign.
  • transitive v. To drop from the mouth, as food when partially chewed; -- said of horses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To drop partly masticated food from the mouth: said of horses.
  • n. A cnd.
  • n. A portion suitable to be chewed; specifically, a piece of tobacco chewed and rolled about in the mouth.
  • n. What; nature; substance.
  • n. Something: used chiefly in the phrase tertium quid (see below). See predication.
  • n. A sovereign (£1).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something for something; that which a party receives (or is promised) in return for something he does or gives or promises
  • n. a wad of something chewable as tobacco
  • n. the basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; equal to 100 pence

Etymologies

Middle English quide, cud, from Old English cwidu.
Possibly from Latin, something, what; see quiddity.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin quid ("what, something"), neuter singular of quis ("who"). (Wiktionary)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)
Variant of cud. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _Et quid Pandoniae_ -- thus, little book, I charge you to poultice your more-merited oblivion -- _quid Pandoniae restat nisi nomen Athenae?

    Chivalry

  • _Et quid Pandoniae_ -- thus, little book, I charge you poultice your more-merited oblivion -- _quid Pandoniae restat nisi nomen Athenae_?

    Chivalry

  • I seem to remember a guy called montechristo on here bailed at 135 hoping for a retrace to less than a quid, he hasnt been back for a while, I seem to remember in the last RNS they were tendering for £9 billion worth of contracts, I dont believe we have hit peak oil yet but once we do the price of oil will rise as extraction gets more and more costly I.E. BP's huge find in the gulf oif mexico which is going to cost them $28 per barrell to extract dude they were 5 quid+ less than 18 months ago, the fundamentals of the company remain strong and yes they do need more orders and I am sure that scott doak is working on that as we speak obviously myself and sheffy are big fans as we averaged down in the darkest days of march, but from all my research Lamprell is a well run company with no big debt pile (in fact cash at hand) and in the right location to service its customers Datafeed and UK data supplied by ProQuote.

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  • The Romans used the phrase quid pro quo—“something for something.”

    SuperCooperators

  • Are you getting any sense at all that some of these talks may involve, I don't know if you want to use the term quid pro quo, but is Vice President Cheney, rather, talking with these leaders about getting their support on Iraq just because of what the U.S. has now proposed in the U.N. Security Council, and what they are trying to get done on the ground there in Jerusalem -- I'm sorry, not in Jerusalem, but in that region there?

    CNN Transcript Mar 13, 2002

  • Kyle wouldn't do that any more than he would engage in quid pro quo.

    I stand with Kyle Bailey (Blog for Democracy)

  • They still cost 20 quid per pair to post, but getting the boots including postage under 100 quid is pretty damn good!

    lyzbeth: Boots!

  • Fining them a few hundred quid is not going to do that.

    David Cameron's bicycle and the demoralisation of society

  • In those circumstances, three quid is being generous, I reckon.

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  • Actually, what you get for a million quid is a millionaire lifestyle, which would probably involve paying off the mortgage, buying a nice car, and getting the living room floor done, or an extension built.

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  • What a cuddity (cwiduity)!
    Can one be too chewsy?

    November 8, 2012

  • I think that was meant to be "a cud," (I see that n/u mistake a lot in the Century definitions). But from now on, in my mind quid = cnd.

    November 8, 2012

  • A cnd!

    November 8, 2012

  • I'll lend you two hundred quid
    For a flight across the ocean
    Maybe things will look better there
    Because they couldn't be much worse
    Than tears and a curse
    For men with guns, maturing in age
    Will always pay a shitty wage
    They'll always pay a shitty wage.


    (You made me forget my dreams, by Belle and Sebastian)

    September 16, 2008