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Uttered; said. Used only in the first and third persons, with the subject following: "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore!'" (Edgar Allan Poe).
[Middle English, from Old English cwǣth, third person sing. past tense of cwethan, to say; see gwet- in Indo-European roots.]
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archaic (used with all pronouns except: thou and you, and with nouns) another word for said12
[Old English cwæth, third person singular of cwethan to say; related to Old Frisian quetha to say, Old Saxon, Old High German quethan; see bequeath]
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said (used with nouns, and with first- and third-person pronouns, and always placed before the subject): Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.” (E.A. Poe)
[1150–1200; Middle English quethen, Old English cwethan to say, c. Old High German quedan, Old Norse kuetha, Gothic qithan]
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quoth[kwəʊθ] vt quoth he → disse
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