adjective, quainter, quaintest.
having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm; oddly picturesque:
a quaint old house.
strange, peculiar, or unusual in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way:
a quaint sense of humor.
skillfully or cleverly made.
Obsolete. wise; skilled.
attractively unusual, esp in an old-fashioned style: a quaint village
odd, peculiar, or inappropriate: a quaint sense of duty
c.1200, cointe, “cunning, ingenious; proud,” from Old French cointe “knowledgeable, well-informed; clever; arrogant, proud; elegant, gracious,” from Latin cognitus “known, approved,” past participle of cognoscere “get or come to know well” (see cognizance). Modern spelling is from early 14c.
Later in English, “elaborate, skillfully made” (c.1300); “strange and clever” (mid-14c.). Sense of “old-fashioned but charming” is first attested 1795, and could describe the word itself, which had become rare after c.1700 (though it soon recovered popularity in this secondary sense). Related: Quaintly; quaintness.
/kwer; kwɛə/ noun 1. (Scot) a book
[kweyk] /kweɪk/ verb (used without object), quaked, quaking. 1. (of persons) to shake or tremble from cold, weakness, fear, anger, or the like: He spoke boldly even though his legs were quaking. 2. (of things) to shake or tremble, as from shock, internal convulsion, or instability: The earth suddenly began to quake. noun 3. an […]
- Quake lake
noun a lake formed when an earthquake causes landslides which block a large river Examples Quake lakes have formed in many places in China. Word Origin 2008
[kweyk-proof] /ˈkweɪkˌpruf/ adjective 1. designed or built to withstand the destructive forces of an earthquake. verb (used with object) 2. to make quakeproof.