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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
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.]
intr.v. quailed, quail·ing, quails
To shrink back in fear; cower.
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]
(intr) to shrink back with fear; cower
[C15: perhaps from Old French quailler, from Latin coāgulāre to curdle]
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]
to lose courage in difficulty or danger; shrink with fear.
[1400–50; < Middle Dutch quelen, queilen]
syn: See wince.
Past participle: quailed
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|Noun||1.||quail - 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
Old World quail - small game bird with a rounded body and small tail
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"
|Verb||1.||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"
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.
noun (collective noun) bevy
guggna, hörfa undan
bıldırcınkorkup geri çekilmeksinmek
to draw back in fear; to shudder. The little boy quailed at the teacher's angry voice. terugdeins, sidder سُماني، سَلْوى свивам се encolher-se třást se, couvat verzagen vige tilbage δειλιάζω, τρέμω από φόβο acobardarse, amedrentarse vabisema جا خوردن؛ خود را باختن vapista reculerשליו हिम्मत हारना ustuknuti borzad gemetar guggna, hörfa undan tremare ひるむ 움츠리다 krūptelėti drebēt (aiz bailēm) berasa kecut terugschrikkenvike tilbake; skjelve av skrekk wzdrygnąć/cofnąć się (ze strachu) بڼه (لويه بڼكه)،شهپر،دپروقلم،دشكاڼه غشي encolher-se a tremura (în faţa) трусить triasť sa ustrašiti se ustuknuti bäva, skälva เสียขวัญ korkup geri çekilmek, sinmek 畏縮，發抖 похитнутися; спасувати خوف زدہ ہونا run sợ 畏缩，胆怯