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quaint

 (kwānt)
adj. quaint·er, quaint·est
1. Charmingly odd, especially in an old-fashioned way: "Sarah Orne Jewett ... was dismissed by one critic as merely a New England old maid who wrote quaint, plotless sketches of late 19th-century coastal Maine" (James McManus).
2. Archaic Unfamiliar or unusual in character; strange: quaint dialect words.
3. Archaic Cleverly made or done.

[Middle English queinte, cointe, clever, cunning, peculiar, from Old French, clever, from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognōscere, to learn; see cognition.]

quaint′ly adv.
quaint′ness n.

quaint

(kweɪnt)
adj
1. attractively unusual, esp in an old-fashioned style: a quaint village.
2. odd, peculiar, or inappropriate: a quaint sense of duty.
[C13 (in the sense: clever): from Old French cointe, from Latin cognitus known, from cognoscere to ascertain]
ˈquaintly adv
ˈquaintness n

quaint

(kweɪnt)

adj. -er, -est.
1. having an old-fashioned charm; oddly picturesque: a quaint old house.
2. peculiar or unusual in an interesting or amusing way: a quaint sense of humor.
3. skillfully or cleverly made.
4. Obs. wise; skilled.
[1175–1225; Middle English queinte < Old French, variant of cointe clever, pleasing « Latin cognitus known (past participle of cognōscere; see cognition)]
quaint′ly, adv.
quaint′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.quaint - strange in an interesting or pleasing way; "quaint dialect words"; "quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities"
strange, unusual - being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird; "a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has"
2.quaint - very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance; "the head terminating in the quaint duck bill which gives the animal its vernacular name"- Bill Beatty; "came forth a quaint and fearful sight"- Sir Walter Scott; "a quaint sense of humor"
strange, unusual - being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird; "a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has"
3.quaint - attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic); "houses with quaint thatched roofs"; "a vaulted roof supporting old-time chimney pots"
fashionable, stylish - being or in accordance with current social fashions; "fashionable clothing"; "the fashionable side of town"; "a fashionable cafe"

quaint

adjective
1. unusual, odd, curious, original, strange, bizarre, fantastic, old-fashioned, peculiar, eccentric, queer, rum (Brit. slang), singular, fanciful, whimsical, droll When visiting restaurants, be prepared for some quaint customs.
unusual normal, ordinary
2. old-fashioned, charming, picturesque, antique, gothic, old-world, antiquated Whisky-making is treated as a quaint cottage industry.
old-fashioned new, modern, fashionable, up-to-date

quaint

adjective
1. Agreeably curious, especially in an old-fashioned or unusual way:
Translations
جَذّاب لِقِدَمِهطَرِيف
se starobylým půvabemstarobylý
ejendommeligløjerlig
viehättävän erikoinen
osebujan
sérkennilegur, skemmtilega gamaldags
古風で趣のある
별나고 아름다운
savotiškaisavotiškumas
dīvainssavāds
starobylýstarodávny
pittoresk
มีเสน่ห์แบบโบราณ
ilginçtuhaf ve hoş
kỳ lạ

quaint

[kweɪnt] ADJ (quainter (compar) (quaintest (superl)))
1. (= picturesque) [building, street, village] → pintoresco
2. (= odd) [custom, notion] → curioso; [person] → peculiar, poco corriente
how quaint!¡qué curioso!

quaint

[ˈkweɪnt] adj
(= old-fashioned) [word, phrase, concept, idea] → désuet/ète; [charm] → désuet/ète; [custom] → désuet/ète
[cottage, village, shop] → pittoresque
a quaint little cottage → un petit cottage pittoresque

quaint

adj (+er) (= picturesque) cottage, village, scenemalerisch, idyllisch; (= charmingly old-fashioned) pub, custom, expressionurig, reizend; (= pleasantly odd) ideakurios, schnurrig, putzig; nicknameoriginell; person, way of speakingdrollig; how quaint to live in such an old housedas ist ja urig, in so einem alten Haus zu wohnen; what a thought, my dear, how quaint!nein so was, meine Liebe, wie originell!

quaint

[kweɪnt] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (odd) → strano/a, bizzarro/a; (picturesque) → pittoresco/a; (old-fashioned) → antiquato/a e pittoresco/a

quaint

(kweint) adjective
pleasantly odd or strange, especially because of being old-fashioned. quaint customs.
ˈquaintly adverb
ˈquaintness noun

quaint

طَرِيف starobylý ejendommelig urig ιδιόρυθμος curioso viehättävän erikoinen désuet osebujan pittoresco 古風で趣のある 별나고 아름다운 grappig ouderwets pittoresk osobliwy fora do comum, incomum причудливый pittoresk มีเสน่ห์แบบโบราณ ilginç kỳ lạ 离奇有趣的
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THERE is much that is quaint, much that is deeply wise, in More's Utopia, still no one is likely to agree with all he says, or to think that we could all be happy in a world such as he describes.
Still, we have no right to feel grieved, for we have had enough of the history of the Land of Oz to fill six story books, and from its quaint people and their strange adventures we have been able to learn many useful and amusing things.
Much, no doubt, will strike the reader as quaint and limited but upon much the writer may not unreasonably plume himself.
Hesiod's diction is in the main Homeric, but one of his charms is the use of quaint allusive phrases derived, perhaps, from a pre- Hesiodic peasant poetry: thus the season when Boreas blows is the time when `the Boneless One gnaws his foot by his fireless hearth in his cheerless house'; to cut one's nails is `to sever the withered from the quick upon that which has five branches'; similarly the burglar is the `day-sleeper', and the serpent is the `hairless one'.
They make trees take fifty different shapes, and so these quaint effects are infinitely varied and picturesque.
That lofty green eminence and its quaint coronet form quite a striking picture, you may be sure, in the flush of the evening sun.
It is but a month since they were married, and the rice still lingers in the crevices of the pathway down to the quaint old iron-work gate.
Against these far stretches of country rose, in front of the other city edifices, a large red-brick building, with level gray roofs, and rows of short barred windows bespeaking captivity, the whole contrasting greatly by its formalism with the quaint irregularities of the Gothic erections.
Her merry conversation and quaint come- ments on life in general fairly dazzled the old couple, who hung on her lightest word as if it had been a prophet's utterance; and Rebecca, though she had had no previous experience, owned to herself a perilous pleasure in being dazzling, even to a couple of dear humdrum old people like Mr.
The gray hair was arranged in rows of little quaint old-fashioned curls on either side of the head, under a plain lace cap.
Dropping down through the pungent pines, they passed woods-embowered cottages, quaint and rustic, of artists and writers, and went on across wind-blown rolling sandhills held to place by sturdy lupine and nodding with pale California poppies.
One old Sag-Harbor whaleman's chief reason for questioning the Hebrew story was this: --He had one of those quaint old-fashioned Bibles, embellished with curious, unscientific plates; one of which represented Jonah's whale with two spouts in his head --a peculiarity only true with respect to a species of the Leviathan (the Right Whale, and the varieties of that order), concerning which the fishermen have this saying, A penny roll would choke him; his swallow is so very small.