A quaint English cottage.
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.
- Obs. 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 … 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 queinte, cointe clever, cunning, peculiar from Old French clever from Latin cognitus past participle of cognōscere to learn ; see cognition .
(comparative quainter, superlative quaintest)
- (archaic) The vulva. [from 14th c.]