American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Archaic Used to express surprise or sarcasm, after quoting the word or phrase of another.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Forsooth! indeed! originally a parenthetical phrase used in repeating the words of another with more or less contempt or disdain.
GNU Webster's 1913
- interj. Indeed; forsooth.
- Alteration of quoth he. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He gravely thought poetry a sort of disease ” a sort of fungus of the brain ” and held as a serious opinion, that nobody could be properly well who exercised it as an art ” which was true (he maintained) even of men ” he had studied the physiology of poets, 'quotha' ” but that for women, it was a mortal malady and incompatible with any common show of health under any circumstances.”
“Hereupon Mr. Worldly Wiseman was much commoved with passion, and shaking his cane with a very threatful countenance, broke forth upon this wise: “Learning, quotha!” said he; “I would have all such rogues scourged by the Hangman!””
““Pay thee wages, quotha?” said Milnwood to himself, — “Thou wilt eat in a week the value of mair than thou canst work for in a month.””
““Prospered, quotha!” said the mercer; “why, you remember Cumnor Place, the old mansion-house beside the churchyard?””
“Nothing, quotha, cried Friar John; by the soul of my overheated codpiece, friend Panurge and I here shake and quiver for mere hunger.”
“Marry, quotha, more words than one to that bargain.”
“_ Pray tell that civil, honourable, honest Gentleman, that if he has any more such Sums to fool away, they shall be received like the last; Ha, ha, ha, ha, chous'd, quotha!”
“-- ( "Spare," quotha, "is his majesty's officer a joint stool?") -- "Why, Mr. Kennedy, why? here, man, take a glass of grog.”
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“Gentleman, quotha!" was echoed on all sides, with a shout of unextinguishable laughter; "a very pretty gentleman, God wot -- Canst get two swords for the gentleman to fight with, Ralph Heskett?”
“Jewels, quotha! will they stop such a gap as ours?" was the contemptuous reply.”
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These words are from Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady, 1747-48
Because they just don't make 'em like they used to.
Divisive devices; emissary of Momus.
from Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer, Christopher Smart's Jubilate Agno, Richard Brinsley Sheridan's School for Scandal ...
I'm especially fond of ones written by Charles Sanders Peirce.
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