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

  • n. One who gives up easily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Matter flowing from a wound or sore; pus.
  • n. A fistulous wound at the top of a horse's foot resulting from bruises, pricks, or neglected corns.
  • n. Scoria of tin.
  • v. To suppurate; ooze with pus.
  • n. One who quits.
  • n. A deliverer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who quits.
  • n. A deliverer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To suppurate.
  • n. One who quits.
  • n. A deliverer.
  • n. Matter flowing from a sore or wound.
  • n. In farriery, a fistulous wound upon the quarters or the heel of the coronet, caused by treads, pricks in shoeing, corns, or other injuries which produce suppuration at the coronet or within the foot.
  • n. Scoria of tin.
  • n. One who quits or gives up in the face of difficulties; one who has not the courage or determination to finish what he undertakes to do.
  • n. Specifically, a workman who has the habit of throwing up his job on slight pretenses.
  • n. A young male fur-seal, old enough to enter the breeding grounds toward the close of the season, but not strong enough and bold enough to hold his ground when disturbed: he therefore quits his place.

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

  • n. a person who gives up too easily

Etymologies

From Anglo-Norman quiture, quyture et al., specialised use of quiture ("burn mark, burning"), from the participle stem of cuire ("to cook"). (Wiktionary)
From quit +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)

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