from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A species of grass, often considered as a weed.
  • v. To shake; stir; move.
  • v. To stir; move.
  • v. To flinch; shrink.

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)


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