from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- interj. Forsooth! indeed! originally a parenthetical phrase used in repeating the words of another with more or less contempt or disdain.
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!/”
"Shoot with them, quotha?" cried Aylward in high disdain, for pressing danger is the great leveller of classes.
The word 'quotha' is an alteration of 'quoth he'.