Etymology 1 edit
- (obsolete) Of a person: cunning, crafty. [13th–19th c.]
- 1591 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- But you, my Lord, were glad to be imploy'd, / To shew how queint an Orator you are.
- (obsolete) Cleverly made; artfully contrived. [14th–19th c.]
- 1667, John Milton, “Book IX”, in Paradise Lost. […], London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, →OCLC:
- describe races and games, / Or tilting furniture, imblazon'd shields, / Impresses quaint, caparisons and steeds, / Bases and tinsel trappings […] .
- (now dialectal) Strange or odd; unusual. [from 14th c.]
- 1808 February 22, Walter Scott, “Canto Third. The Hostel, or Inn.”, in Marmion; a Tale of Flodden Field, Edinburgh: […] J[ames] Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Company, […]; London: William Miller, and John Murray, →OCLC, stanza XX, page 153:
- Lord Gifford, deep beneath the ground, / Heard Alexander's bugle sound, / And tarried not his garb to change, / But, in his wizard habit strange, / Came forth, a quaint and fearful sight; [...]
- 1924 November 17, Time:
- What none would dispute though many smiled over was the good-humored, necessary, yet quaint omission of the writer's name from the whole consideration.
- (obsolete) Overly discriminating or needlessly meticulous; fastidious; prim. [15th–19th c.]
- Pleasingly unusual; especially, having old-fashioned charm. [from 18th c.]
- 1815 December (indicated as 1816), [Jane Austen], Emma: […], volumes (please specify |volume=I, II or III), London: […] [Charles Roworth and James Moyes] for John Murray, →OCLC:
- I admire all that quaint, old-fashioned politeness; it is much more to my taste than modern ease; modern ease often disgusts me.
- 2011 January 31, Ian Sample, The Guardian:
- The rock is a haven for rare wildlife, a landscape where pretty hedgerows and quaint villages are bordered by a breathtaking, craggy coastline.
- (overly discriminating): See also Thesaurus:fastidious
Derived terms edit
having old-fashioned charm
incongruous, inappropriate or illogical
Etymology 2 edit
A variant of cunt (possibly as a pun).
quaint (plural quaints)
- (archaic) The vulva. [from 14th c.]
- 2003, Peter Ackroyd, The Clerkenwell Tales, page 9:
- The rest looked on, horrified, as Clarice trussed up her habit and in open view placed her hand within her queynte crying, ‘The first house of Sunday belongs to the sun, and the second to Venus.’
Middle English edit
- Alternative form of