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

  • transitive v. Archaic Uttered; said. Used only in the first and third persons, with the subject following: "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore!'” ( Edgar Allan Poe).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past of quethe; said

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. Said; spoke; uttered; -- used only in the first and third persons in the past tenses, and always followed by its nominative, the word or words said being the object.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preterit of quethe.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English cwǣth, third person sing. past tense of cwethan, to say; see gwet- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English cwæþ (Wiktionary)

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