- The definition of quaint is something small, old fashioned or charming in a good way.
An example of quaint is a little old cottage in the country.
A quaint English cottage.
- Obsolete clever or skilled
- Now Rare wrought with skill; ingenious
- unusual or old-fashioned in a pleasing way
- singular; unusual; curious
- fanciful; whimsical
Origin of quaintMiddle English cointe ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin cognitus, known: see cognition
- Charmingly odd, especially in an old-fashioned way: “Sarah Orne Jewett &ellipsis; 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).
- Archaic Unfamiliar or unusual in character; strange: quaint dialect words.
- Archaic Cleverly made or done.
Origin of quaintMiddle English, clever, cunning, peculiar, from Old French queinte, cointe, from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognōscere, to learn; see cognition.
(comparative quainter, superlative quaintest)
- (archaic) The vulva. [from 14th c.]