- Rhymes: -ɒt
quat (plural quats)
- (obsolete) A pustule.
- (chemistry) A quaternary ammonium cation.
2009 October 1, Hilary Howard, “New Ways to Moisturize for Less”, in New York Times:
- “Because quats are positively charged, and skin proteins have a slightly negative charge, quats like to attach themselves to skin,” said Greg Nole, a manager at Unilever, the parent company of Vaseline and Dove.
- (obsolete) An annoying, worthless person.
- Alternative spelling of
- (transitive, obsolete) To satiate.
- (Scotland, dialectal, transitive) relinquish, forsake, give up.
- Ye hae grown proud since ye quatted the begging. — Scottish proverb, said satirically.
1813, Hugh Porter, Poetical attempts, page 35:
- 'Mang mis'ry's posts, whar I did sit, My tongue took sic a faltrin' fit, I thought the wee remains o' wit I had, was quat me
1868, John Wilson, Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2:
- They seem to our ears indeed to have "quat their roaring play."
- (Wales and Southwest England, dialectal, intransitive) To squat or crouch down.
1700, Ta Paidia Tēs Kythereias; Or, King's Place In An Uproar, page 10:
- Tho' B-lt-n, quatted in the hall, Her jolly r-mpfs display'd, The size of it amaz'd them all, and Hector quite dismay'd.
1870, William Bottrell, Traditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall:
- This cows' courant so excited the tinners' curiosity that they went up the hill till they saw the two men wrestling, with the women looking on; then they quatted (stooped) down in a brake of furze to watch the play without being seen.
1932, Ernest Thompson Seton, Famous Animal Stories, page 678:
- Tarka quatted on the ledge ; he knew that Deadlock would follow hiin wherever he swam in water.
quat (not comparable)
- (Scotland, dialectal, with "of") Free; no longer involved with; quit.
1838, Chambers's Journal, page 134:
- My word, I gie him nae encouragement ! I canna bide the sicht o' him, and wad gie the best gown I hae to be quat o' him."
1861, Mrs. Oliphant, The House on the Moor:
- There it is, sir—Im blythe to be quat of it; pitch it from ye furder than I can see.
1895, William Stewart, Lilts and Larks Frae Larkie, page 177:
- HECH me, but I'm weary, I'm heart-sick and sad ; O' my kinsfolk I've got quite a wamefu', I wush I was quat o' the d — nable squad — Forgi'e me for sweerin' sae shamefu'.