quaintness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quaintness - the quality of being quaint and old-fashioned; "she liked the old cottage; its quaintness was appealing"
old-fashionedness - the property of being no longer fashionable
2.quaintness - strangeness as a consequence of being old fashioned; "some words in her dialect had a charming quaintness"
strangeness, unfamiliarity - unusualness as a consequence of not being well known
Translations
جاذبِيَّة الشّيء لِقِدَمِه
půvab starého
løjerlighed
òaî aî vera sérkennilegur
pôvab starého/starodávneho
tuhaflık

quaintness

[ˈkweɪntnɪs] N
1. (= picturesqueness) [of place, object] → lo pintoresco
2. (= oddness) [of custom, word, idea, question] → lo curioso

quaintness

[ˈkweɪntnɪs] n [place, house] → pittoresque m

quaintness

n
(= picturesque nature)malerischer or idyllischer Anblick; (= old-fashioned charm: of pub, custom, expression) → Urigkeit f
(= oddness) (of idea)Kuriosität f, → Schnurrigkeit f, → Putzigkeit f; (of nickname)Originalität f; (of person, way of speaking)Drolligkeit f

quaint

(kweint) adjective
pleasantly odd or strange, especially because of being old-fashioned. quaint customs.
ˈquaintly adverb
ˈquaintness noun
References in classic literature ?
Old Captain Peleg, many years her chief-mate, before he commanded another vessel of his own, and now a retired seaman, and one of the principal owners of the Pequod, --this old Peleg, during the term of his chief-mateship, had built upon her original grotesqueness, and inlaid it, all over, with a quaintness both of material and device, unmatched by anything except it be Thorkill-Hake's carved buckler or bedstead.
I liked the hush, the gloom, the quaintness of these retreats in the day; but I by no means coveted a night's repose on one of those wide and heavy beds: shut in, some of them, with doors of oak; shaded, others, with wrought old English hangings crusted with thick work, portraying effigies of strange flowers, and stranger birds, and strangest human beings,-- all which would have looked strange, indeed, by the pallid gleam of moonlight.
You might want to take hold of it," he added with conscious quaintness.
This quaintness is, in fact, a very powerful adjunct to ideality, but in the case in question it arises independently of the author's will, and is altogether apart from his intention.
two or three stories,) wide, neat, and free from any quaintness of architectural ornamentation; locust trees bordering the sidewalks (they call them acacias;) a stirring, business-look about the streets and the stores; fast walkers; a familiar new look about the houses and every thing; yea, and a driving and smothering cloud of dust that was so like a message from our own dear native land that we could hardly refrain from shedding a few grateful tears and execrations in the old time-honored American way.
Any private hours in her day were usually spent in her blue-green boudoir, and she had come to be very fond of its pallid quaintness.
Grafted upon the quaintness and oddity of his appearance, was something so indescribably engaging, and bespeaking so much worth, and there were so many little lights hovering about the corners of his mouth and eyes, that it was not a mere amusement, but a positive pleasure and delight to look at him.
Something about that flight of steps up to the shop, something about the quietude and quaintness of the restaurant, roused all the detective's rare romantic fancy and made him resolve to strike at random.
Those indications of its youth which first attract the eye, give it a quaintness and oddity of character which, to a visitor from the old country, is amusing enough.
Such unique legacies are not only historical and cultural heritages to China, but also to everyone in the world interested in such historical quaintness.
It keeps the quaintness of the town,'' said Kathy Tornberg, who planned on using the whole two hours her dime bought recently.