from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To shake; stir; move.
- v. To stir; move.
- v. To flinch; shrink.
- n. A species of grass, often considered as a weed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as quitch grass.
- n. Figuratively: A vice; a taint; an evil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shake; stir; move.
- To stir; move.
- To flinch; shrink.
- n. Same as quitch-grass.
From Middle English quicchen, quytchen, quecchen, from Old English cweċċan ("to shake, swing, move, vibrate, shake off, give up"), from Proto-Germanic *kwakjanan (“to shake, swing”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷog- (“to shake, swing”). Related to Old English cwacian ("to quake"). More at quake. (Wiktionary)
From Old English cwice, from Middle Low German kweke. Cognate with German Quecke, Dutch kweek. (Wiktionary)