Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a quaint manner.
  • Prettily; nicely; pleasantly; with neatness or trimness.
  • Fancifully; oddly; whimsically: curiously; especially, in an odd, old-fashioned way: as, quaintly dressed; quaintly expressed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a quaint manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a quaint manner; oddly; strangely.

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

  • adverb in a strange but not unpleasant manner
  • adverb in a quaint old-fashioned manner

Etymologies

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quaint +‎ -ly

Examples

  • This is a term quaintly used by the learned M Pierre Muret to express the devouring of the dead by birds and animals or the surviving friends and relatives.

    An Introduction to the mortuary customs of the North American Indians

  • This is a term quaintly used by the learned M. Pierre M.ret to express the devouring of the dead by birds and animals or the surviving friends and relatives.

    A Further Contribution to the Study of the Mortuary Customs of the North American Indians

  • "Nick," he said (he pronounced the name quaintly, like Antoinette), "his good habits have turned out to be some advantage to you.

    Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Winston Churchill

  • "Nick," he said (he pronounced the name quaintly, like Antoinette), "his good habits have turned out to be some advantage to you.

    The Crossing

  • "Nick," he said (he pronounced the name quaintly, like Antoinette), "his good habits have turned out to be some advantage to you.

    The Crossing

  • "Why, he was the best amateur" (he pronounced the word quaintly and I loved him for it) "I ever see, or ever expect to see.

    Set in Silver

  • He must see what was going on, and he mounted the rough sides of the little heathery knoll called quaintly Ben

    Patsy

  • She was part of a "print pool" - a limited number of journalists at an event who represent their bigger hoard colleagues - which White House press officials still refer to quaintly as "pen and pad" reporting.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • With what we used to call quaintly "foreign desks" closing all over the planet, and newspapers disinclined to pay even freelancers to cover stories because readers apparently aren't interested in "overseas news", the present situation as regards the paucity of international coverage is bad enough without us entertaining how woeful it might be in the future.

    Public Address

  • He sees me as "quaintly" considering Davis reliable; I "consider" — by implication, mistakenly — the Collier-Horowitz "effort" as solid and encompassing.

    JFK's Triumph

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