quitter

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English quitter, from Anglo-Norman quiture, quyture et al., specialised use of quiture (burn mark, burning), from the participle stem of cuire (to cook), or from Latin coctura (cooking).

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NounEdit

quitter (uncountable)

  1. (now rare outside Jamaica) Matter flowing from a wound or sore; pus.
    • 1395, John Wycliffe, Bible, Job II:
      Therfor Sathan [...] smoot Joob with a ful wickid botche fro the sole of the foot til to his top; which Joob schauyde the quytere with a schelle, and sat in the dunghil.
  2. (farriery) Alternative spelling of quittor (fistulous wound at the top of a horse's foot)
  3. (obsolete) Scoria of tin.

VerbEdit

quitter (third-person singular simple present quitters, present participle quittering, simple past and past participle quittered)

  1. To suppurate; ooze with pus.

Etymology 2Edit

From quit +‎ -er.

NounEdit

quitter (plural quitters)

  1. One who quits.
    Winners never quit and quitters never win.
    • 1974 August 8, Richard Nixon, Richard Nixon's resignation speech[1], CBSN, 2:00 from the start:
      I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as president, I must put the interests of America first.
    • 2001, Peter Mandelson, 2001 victory speech[2], ITV, 4:14 from the start:
      Well, they underestimated Hartlepool, and they underestimated me because I am a fighter and not a quitter!
  2. (obsolete) A deliverer.
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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From quitte +‎ -er, or from Late Latin quietare (acquit, discharge, release), from Latin quiētāre, present active infinitive of quiētō (to calm).

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VerbEdit

quitter

  1. (transitive, law or obsolete) to discharge somebody from an obligation
  2. (transitive, of a place) to leave, to quit
  3. (transitive, of a person) to part with somebody, to leave somebody

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Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Old French quitter.

VerbEdit

quitter

  1. to release from an obligation; to forgive (a debt)
  2. to liberate; to free
  3. to pardon
  4. to leave

ConjugationEdit

  • Middle French conjugation varies from one text to another. Hence, the following conjugation should be considered as typical, not as exhaustive.

DescendantsEdit

  • French: quitter

ReferencesEdit

  • quitter on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330–1500) (in French)
  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (quitter, supplement)

Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Medieval Latin quiētus (at rest).

VerbEdit

quitter

  1. to liberate; to free

ConjugationEdit

This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-tt, *-tts, *-ttt are modified to t, z, t. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

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