From Old French cointe, and queinte pretty, clever, knowing < Latin cognitus known, past participle of cognoscere to know
- Having old-fashioned charm.
#* It's a very quaint village with old-fashioned storefronts.
- Strange or odd in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way.
#* came forth a quaint and fearful sight - Sir Walter Scott
- Highly incongruous, inappropriate, or illogical; naive, unreasonable -- usually used ironically.
#* of a quaint sense of honesty - wikipedia:Paul Engle|Paul Engle
- obsolete Characterized by cleverness or ingenuity; skillfully wrought or artfully contrived.
#* to show how quaint an orator you are - Shakespeare
- obsolete Overly discriminating or needlessly meticulous; fastidious.
#* being too quaint and finical in his expression - wikipedia:Roger L'Estrange|Roger L'Estrange
trans-top|incongruous, inappropriate or illogical
trans-top|cleverness or ingenuity