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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj quaint strange in an interesting or pleasing way "quaint dialect words","quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities"
    • adj 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"
    • adj quaint attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic) "houses with quaint thatched roofs","a vaulted roof supporting old-time chimney pots"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quaint Characterized by ingenuity or art; finely fashioned; skillfully wrought; elegant; graceful; nice; neat. "The queynte ring.""His queynte spear.""A shepherd young quaint .""Every look was coy and wondrous quaint .""To show bow quaint an orator you are."
    • Quaint Curious and fanciful; affected; odd; whimsical; antique; archaic; singular; unusual; as, quaint architecture; a quaint expression. "Some stroke of quaint yet simple pleasantry.""An old, long-faced, long-bodied servant in quaint livery."
    • Quaint Prudent; wise; hence, crafty; artful; wily. "Clerks be full subtle and full quaint ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • quaint Known; familiar.
    • quaint Artful; clever; cunning; crafty; wily.
    • quaint Artificial; ingenious; elaborate; curious; pretty; elegant; fine.
    • quaint Fanciful; odd; whimsical: as, a quaint phrase; a quaint talker.
    • quaint Odd and antique; old-fashioned; curious; odd in any way.
    • quaint Affectedly nice; squeamish; prim.
    • quaint = Syn.5. Old, Antique, etc. See ancient.
    • quaint Elegantly.
    • quaint To acquaint; inform; cause to know.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Quaint kwānt unusual: odd: whimsical: :
    • adj Quaint kwānt (obs.) prim, affectedly nice: fine
    • adj Quaint kwānt (Shak.) clever
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  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Our quaint metaphysical opinions, in an hour of anguish, are like playthings by the bedside of a child deathly sick.”
  • Stephen Sondheim
    Stephen Sondheim
    “The fact is popular art dates. It grows quaint. How many people feel strongly about Gilbert and Sullivan today compared to those who felt strongly in 1890?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. coint—L. cognitus, known. Some confusion with L. comptus, neat, is probable.


In literature:

The Palace, with its quaint pictures and decorations is now in a state of abandonment and semi-collapse.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Their owner does not profess to indulge much in quaint monstrosities, though many a book of rarity is there.
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
There is a quaint old tower that dates from Queen Judith's time.
"From a Terrace in Prague" by Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
The Canada of 1788 was a quaint community shut away out of the great world.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
For years the quaint seaside village had lain unnoticed in its droning course.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
There is no end to the quaint sights he records.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
She was not in the least in fashion, but she was quaintly childish and altogether lovely.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
Her limited knowledge and quaint comments amused him, and her sweet, innocent love touched the depths of his soul.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Just at the brow of the hill stood a rather quaint house, with the end to the street.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
She was like a quaint picture sitting there.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The whole movement is very original and quaint.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
It was a quaint old town, which had seen better days.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
I like you, because you are quaint and truthful.
"Margaret Montfort" by Laura E. Richards
It could not be a fisherman's dwelling, for it was large and built after a quaint tasteful design.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He was so quaint, so clever, so spontaneous.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
There are many quaint brass chimney ornaments which were popular in many parts of England fifty to sixty years ago much sought after nowadays.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess
It sounds so quaint, doesn't it?
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards
Davidge took his place in the cab and wondered lazily at the quaint adventure.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
The quaint childishness of the "Vixit annos Platonicos" is also very notable.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
This will produce a thoroughly charming little table with a quaintness and a touch of femininity that everyone will enjoy.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce

In poetry:

She tells with what delight he stood,
To trace his features in the flood:
Then skipp'd aloof with quaint amaze,
And then drew near again to gaze.
"The Dying Kid" by William Shenstone
The drowsy day, with half-closed eyes,
Dreams in this quaint forgotten street,
That, like some old-world wreckage, lies,--
Left by the sea's receding beat,--
Far from the city's restless feet.
"A Street Of Ghosts" by Madison Julius Cawein
We joyed to see strange sheens
Leap from quaint leaves in shade;
A secret light of greens
They'd for their pleasure made.
We said: "We'll set such sorts as these!"
—We knew with night the wish would cease.
"Middle-Age Enthusiasms" by Thomas Hardy
Like some lorn abbey now, the wood
Stands roofless in the bitter air;
In ruins on its floor is strewed
The carven foliage quaint and rare,
And homeless winds complain along
The columned choir once thrilled with song.
"Palinode-December" by James Russell Lowell
And, therefore, Nightingale! do thou keep nigh,
For trust me well, in spite of thy quaint cry,
If long time from thy mate thou be, or far,
Thou'lt be as others that forsaken are;
Then shalt thou raise a clamour as do I.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth
So sweet, so dear is the silvery tone,
Of her in whose features I sometimes look,
As I sit at eve by her side alone,
And we read by turns, from the self-same book,
Some tale perhaps of the olden time,
Some lover's romance or quaint old rhyme.
"The Demon Of The Study" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

A Quaint, Compelling 'Pilgrim' Tale In The New World.
Nicholson Baker's House of Holes is quaint in its sex-obsessed sincerity.
Some classic, some quaint, consider these stops for fun this year.
Downtown Stuart offers relaxing pace, quaint shops.
Garnet is a bird lover who uses scissors to create silhouettes of the birds she sees (a "quaint Victorian pastime," as she puts it), but this interest masks her deeper passion for the study and protection of birds.
Nicholson Baker's House of Holes is quaint in its sex-obsessed sincerity .
Sneaking into a Dallas garment factory to sew shorts for your skateboarding pals is not exactly "sick" (this hour's thrasher term for what was once quaintly called "cool").
The Williamston Theatre's production of "Red, White & Tuna" is a tasty treat, from the quaint and cute stage to the toe-tapping music to the phenomenal acting.
The time is coming for Mitt Romney to get angry, very angry, with what is increasingly, quaintly called 'the mainstream media.'.
It may sound quaint in this era of instant communication, but a little old-fashioned etiquette goes a long way.
Nice place, VERY quaint, but OK.
Just west of Ocean City is the quaint town of Tuckahoe — a summer vacation destination for many travelers.
The small yet quaint town of Peterson, Iowa may soon be dubbed NASCAR's midwestern breeding grounds.
A squat building on Maine Street, it is the swarming headquarters of the Sundance Film Festival and has been known, in this ski resort's quaint version of a French accent, as zee center of town.
In time, the most stratospherically falutin' avant-garde becomes nostalgic, even quaint.

In science:

The width of the gamma quaint beam in the median straw plane was ~ 1mm. High voltage was given to the corresponding anode segment. The current amplifier with the input resistance of 300Ω and the sensitivity threshold of 750eV was connected directly to the segment output through the capacitor of 200pf.
Development of High Granulated Straw Chambers of Large Sizes