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3 definitions found
 for Quaint
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Quaint \Quaint\, a. [OE. queint, queynte, coint, prudent, wise,
     cunning, pretty, odd, OF. cointe cultivated, amiable,
     agreeable, neat, fr. L. cognitus known, p. p. of cognoscere
     to know; con + noscere (for gnoscere) to know. See Know,
     and cf. Acquaint, Cognition.]
     1. Prudent; wise; hence, crafty; artful; wily. [Obs.]
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              Clerks be full subtle and full quaint. --Chaucer.
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     2. Characterized by ingenuity or art; finely fashioned;
        skillfully wrought; elegant; graceful; nice; neat.
        [Archaic] " The queynte ring." " His queynte spear."
        --Chaucer. " A shepherd young quaint." --Chapman.
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              Every look was coy and wondrous quaint. --Spenser.
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              To show bow quaint an orator you are. --Shak.
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     3. Curious and fanciful; affected; odd; whimsical; antique;
        archaic; singular; unusual; as, quaint architecture; a
        quaint expression.
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              Some stroke of quaint yet simple pleasantry.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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              An old, long-faced, long-bodied servant in quaint
              livery.                               --W. Irving.
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     Syn: Quaint, Odd, Antique.
  
     Usage: Antique is applied to that which has come down from
            the ancients, or which is made to imitate some ancient
            work of art. Odd implies disharmony, incongruity, or
            unevenness. An odd thing or person is an exception to
            general rules of calculation and procedure, or
            expectation and common experience. In the current use
            of quaint, the two ideas of odd and antique are
            combined, and the word is commonly applied to that
            which is pleasing by reason of both these qualities.
            Thus, we speak of the quaint architecture of many old
            buildings in London; or a quaint expression, uniting
            at once the antique and the fanciful.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  quaint
      adj 1: strange in an interesting or pleasing way; "quaint
             dialect words"; "quaint streets of New Orleans, that most
             foreign of American cities"
      2: 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"
      3: attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic);
         "houses with quaint thatched roofs"; "a vaulted roof
         supporting old-time chimney pots" [syn: old-time, quaint,
         olde worlde]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "quaint":
     absurd, acquaint, amusing, antiquated, antique, archaic, bizarre,
     curious, droll, eccentric, fanciful, fantastic, freaked out,
     freaky, funny, hilarious, humorous, idiosyncratic, incongruous,
     kooky, laughable, ludicrous, odd, oddball, off, off the wall,
     offbeat, old-fashioned, out, outlandish, passing strange, peculiar,
     picturesque, present, priceless, queer, quizzical, rich,
     ridiculous, risible, screaming, singular, strange, uncommon,
     unconventional, unearthly, unorthodox, unusual, weird, whimsical,
     witty, wondrous strange
  
  

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