Complete Definition of "quaint"

English

Etymology
From Old French cointe, and queinte pretty, clever, knowing < Latin cognitus known, past participle of cognoscere to know

Pronunciation
IPA|/kweɪnt/
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-eɪnt|-eɪnt

Adjective
en-adj|er

  1. Having old-fashioned charm.

#* It's a very quaint village with old-fashioned storefronts.

  1. Strange or odd in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way.

#* came forth a quaint and fearful sight - Sir Walter Scott

  1. Highly incongruous, inappropriate, or illogical; naive, unreasonable -- usually used ironically.

#* of a quaint sense of honesty - wikipedia:Paul Engle|Paul Engle

  1. obsolete Characterized by cleverness or ingenuity; skillfully wrought or artfully contrived.

#* to show how quaint an orator you are - Shakespeare

  1. obsolete Overly discriminating or needlessly meticulous; fastidious.

#* being too quaint and finical in his expression - wikipedia:Roger L'Estrange|Roger L'Estrange

Translations
trans-top|old-fashioned charm
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trans-top|interestingly strange
Dutch: typisch
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trans-top|incongruous, inappropriate or illogical
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trans-top|cleverness or ingenuity
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trans-top|fastidious
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Derived terms
quaintly
quaintness

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