from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An idler; one who does not or will not work.
- Not quite tho thing; queer.
- Without money; ‘hard up.’
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'Cos yer' OMER, or haitches, is quisby, in Rome or in London, will know
But if _we_ are to spot wot goes quisby, and be the responsible chaps,
Her togs wos a little bit quisby -- for moors as ain't pitched in the Moon,
Always gives yer the rough of 'er tongue when you're quisby, or short of a quid.
I _did_ feel a little bit quisby when SHERWIN snapped him at the wicket.
a bit quisby on my top notes, you know, and took the scarlet fever -- soldier, I mean, my dear.