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quail

lose heart or courage; recoil; flinch; cower: quail in the face of danger
Not to be confused with:
quake – shake or tremble; shudder: quake with fear of the monster
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quail 1

 (kwāl)
n. pl. quail or quails
1. Any of various primarily ground-dwelling birds of the genus Coturnix, especially C. coturnix, small in size and having mottled brown plumage and a short tail. Also called coturnix.
2. Any of various similar or related birds of the Americas, such as the bobwhite or the California quail.

[Middle English quaile, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *quaccula (attested in Medieval Latin as quaccola), of imitative origin.]

quail 2

 (kwāl)
intr.v. quailed, quail·ing, quails
To shrink back in fear; cower.

[Middle English quailen, to give way, probably from Middle Dutch quelen, to suffer, be ill; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]
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quail

(kweɪl)
n, pl quails or quail
1. (Animals) any small Old World gallinaceous game bird of the genus Coturnix and related genera, having a rounded body and small tail: family Phasianidae (pheasants)
2. (Animals) any of various similar and related American birds, such as the bobwhite
[C14: from Old French quaille, from Medieval Latin quaccula, probably of imitative origin]

quail

(kweɪl)
vb
(intr) to shrink back with fear; cower
[C15: perhaps from Old French quailler, from Latin coāgulāre to curdle]
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quail1

(kweɪl)

n., pl. quails, (esp. collectively) quail.
1. any of various small, plump New World gallinaceous birds of the subfamily Odontophorinae, of the pheasant family, as the bobwhite.
2. any of various similar Old World gallinaceous birds of the genus Coturnix, esp. C. coturnix, of Eurasia.
[1300–50; Middle English quaille < Old French < Germanic]

quail2

(kweɪl)

v.i.
to lose courage in difficulty or danger; shrink with fear.
[1400–50; < Middle Dutch quelen, queilen]
syn: See wince.
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quail


Past participle: quailed
Gerund: quailing

Imperative
quail
quail
Present
I quail
you quail
he/she/it quails
we quail
you quail
they quail
Preterite
I quailed
you quailed
he/she/it quailed
we quailed
you quailed
they quailed
Present Continuous
I am quailing
you are quailing
he/she/it is quailing
we are quailing
you are quailing
they are quailing
Present Perfect
I have quailed
you have quailed
he/she/it has quailed
we have quailed
you have quailed
they have quailed
Past Continuous
I was quailing
you were quailing
he/she/it was quailing
we were quailing
you were quailing
they were quailing
Past Perfect
I had quailed
you had quailed
he/she/it had quailed
we had quailed
you had quailed
they had quailed
Future
I will quail
you will quail
he/she/it will quail
we will quail
you will quail
they will quail
Future Perfect
I will have quailed
you will have quailed
he/she/it will have quailed
we will have quailed
you will have quailed
they will have quailed
Future Continuous
I will be quailing
you will be quailing
he/she/it will be quailing
we will be quailing
you will be quailing
they will be quailing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been quailing
you have been quailing
he/she/it has been quailing
we have been quailing
you have been quailing
they have been quailing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been quailing
you will have been quailing
he/she/it will have been quailing
we will have been quailing
you will have been quailing
they will have been quailing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been quailing
you had been quailing
he/she/it had been quailing
we had been quailing
you had been quailing
they had been quailing
Conditional
I would quail
you would quail
he/she/it would quail
we would quail
you would quail
they would quail
Past Conditional
I would have quailed
you would have quailed
he/she/it would have quailed
we would have quailed
you would have quailed
they would have quailed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quail - flesh of quailquail - flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised
quail - small gallinaceous game birds
game bird - any bird (as grouse or pheasant) that is hunted for sport
wildfowl - flesh of any of a number of wild game birds suitable for food
2.quail - small gallinaceous game birds
phasianid - a kind of game bird in the family Phasianidae
bobwhite, bobwhite quail, partridge - a popular North American game bird; named for its call
Old World quail - small game bird with a rounded body and small tail
California quail, Lofortyx californicus - plump chunky bird of coastal California and Oregon
quail - flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised
bevy - a flock of birds (especially when gathered close together on the ground); "we were visited at breakfast by a bevy of excited ducks"
Verb1.quail - draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
shrink back, retract - pull away from a source of disgust or fear
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quail

1
verb shrink, cringe, flinch, shake, faint, tremble, quake, shudder, falter, droop, blanch, recoil, cower, blench, have cold feet (informal) The very word makes many of us quail.

quail

2
noun (collective noun) bevy
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quail

verb
To draw away involuntarily, usually out of fear or disgust:
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Translations
سَمَانِىسُماني، سَلْوى
couvatkřepelkatřást se
vagtel
viiriäinen
prepelica
borzad
guggna, hörfa undan
ウズラ
메추라기
drebēt
vaktel
นกกระทา
bıldırcınkorkup geri çekilmeksinmek
chim cút

quail

1 [kweɪl] N (quail or quails (pl)) (= bird) → codorniz f

quail

2 [kweɪl] VI (= cower) → temblar (at ante) her heart quailedse le encogió el corazón
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quail

[ˈkweɪl]
n (= bird) → caille f
vi (= feel afraid) → trembler
to quail at sth → trembler à qch
I quailed at the prospect of confronting him head-on → Je tremblais à l'idée de l'affronter directement.
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quail

1
vi(vor Angst) zittern or beben (→ before vor +dat)

quail

2
n (Orn) → Wachtel f; quails’ eggsWachteleier pl
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quail

1 [kweɪl] n (bird) → quaglia

quail

2 [kweɪl] vi (flinch) to quail at or beforeperdersi d'animo davanti a
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quail

(kweil) verb
to draw back in fear; to shudder. The little boy quailed at the teacher's angry voice.
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quail

سَمَانِى křepelka vagtel Wachtel ορτύκι codorniz viiriäinen caille prepelica quaglia ウズラ 메추라기 kwartel vaktel przepiórka codorna, codorniz перепел vaktel นกกระทา bıldırcın chim cút 鹌鹑
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