quaint

(redirected from quaintest)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

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
References in classic literature ?
The RATHHAUS, or municipal building, is of the quaintest and most picturesque Middle-Age architecture.
My friend George Muncaster, who does everything charmingly different from any one else, hit upon one of the quaintest plans for his marriage.
Alluring brooks of crystal water flowed sparkling between their flower-strewn banks, while scattered over the valley were dozens of the quaintest and most picturesque cottages our travelers had ever beheld.
They were the quaintest and sim- plest and trustingest race; why, they were nothing but rabbits.
It is, without exception, I should say, the quaintest, most old-world inn up the river.
There's a big stone wall and a row of enormous trees all around it, and rows of trees all through it, and the queerest old tombstones, with the queerest and quaintest inscriptions.
He spoke in Russian, of which Jurgis knew some; he spoke it with the quaintest of baby accents--and every word of it brought back to Jurgis some word of his own dead little one, and stabbed him like a knife.
It was trimmed with a twist of buff ribbon and a cluster of black and orange porcupine quills, which hung or bristled stiffly over one ear, giving her the quaintest and most unusual appearance.
The church was simply the former chapel of the castle, fronting upon its grass-grown court, which, however, was of generous enough width to have given up its quaintest corner to a little graveyard.
It is a little round ball of gray fluff, with the quaintest, wisest, solemn face.
And his bloodshot eyes rolled with rich delight from the decanter and glasses on the octagonal table to another decanter in the quaintest and craftiest of revolving spirit tables.
I'm worn out, thinking about her, and watching her lips and her teeth and her tongue, not to mention her soul, which is the quaintest of the lot.