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Quotha

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • interj Quotha kwōth"ȧ Indeed; forsooth. "To affront the blessed hillside drabs and thieves
      With mended morals, quotha, -- fine new lives !"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • quotha Forsooth! indeed! originally a parenthetical phrase used in repeating the words of another with more or less contempt or disdain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • interj Quotha forsooth, indeed
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For quoth 'a, said he, 'a, being corrupted from he,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cwethan, pa.t. cwæth, to say. For quoth'a, said he—'a being a corr. of he.

Usage

In literature:

How suld it help me, quotha?
"Bride of Lammermoor" by Sir Walter Scott
A soldier, quotha, and never a hair on his face.
"The White Company" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The unsociable Englishman, quotha?
"The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft" by George Gissing
Out of a church, quotha!
"The Golden Dog" by William Kirby
An afternoon sailing, quotha!
"The Firefly Of France" by Marion Polk Angellotti
What's he at, quotha?
"Dramatic Romances" by Robert Browning
Luck, quotha, to see men ne'er seen before!
"Theocritus" by Theocritus
It is his duty, quotha, to breed his heir up in godly simplicity!
"A Reputed Changeling" by Charlotte M. Yonge
A million years quotha!
"A Trip to Venus" by John Munro
Gold and silver, quotha!
"The Cruise of the Nonsuch Buccaneer" by Harry Collingwood
The tilting- match quotha?
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
A woman must be wed, quotha!
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
Not of the blood royal, quotha!
"The Well in the Desert" by Emily Sarah Holt
She is a great clerk, quotha!
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
Shall a maid ne'er have a bit of fun, quotha?
"The White Lady of Hazelwood" by Emily Sarah Holt
Who are you, quotha, old reverend smock with the splay foot?
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
Stuart was no prophet, quotha.
"The Story of Old Fort Loudon" by Charles Egbert Craddock
But I should never have a word to say against kermesses, quotha!
"Seven Frozen Sailors" by George Manville Fenn
Hast been a-thieving of his lordship's rabbits, quotha?
"The Golden Galleon" by Robert Leighton
A little patience, quotha.
"The Curse of Koshiu" by Lewis Wingfield
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In poetry:

An hour of day and an hour of night,
And the clouds float away in a red-splashed light.
The sun, quotha? or white, white
Smoke with fire all alight.
"The Swans" by Amy Lowell