The definition of quaint is something small, old fashioned or charming in a good way.adjective
An example of quaint is a little old cottage in the country.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- Obsolete clever or skilled
- Now Rare wrought with skill; ingenious
- unusual or old-fashioned in a pleasing way
- singular; unusual; curious
- fanciful; whimsical
Origin: ME cointe < OFr < L cognitus, known: see cognition
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adjective quaint·er, quaint·est
- Charmingly odd, especially in an old-fashioned way: “Sarah Orne Jewett . . . 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).
- Unfamiliar or unusual in character; strange: quaint dialect words. See Synonyms at strange.
- Cleverly made; artful.
Origin: Middle English, clever, cunning, peculiar, from Old French queinte, cointe, from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognōscere, to learn; see cognition.
- quaintˈly adverb
- quaintˈness noun