Origin of quitchOld English cwice from base of cwicu, alive (see quick): probably after the great vitality of the plant
(third-person singular simple present quitches, present participle quitching, simple past and past participle quitched)
From Middle English quicchen, quytchen, quecchen, from Old English cweÄ‹Ä‹an (“to shake, swing, move, vibrate, shake off, give up"), from Proto-Germanic *kwakjanÄ… (“to shake, swing"), from Proto-Indo-European *gÊ·og- (“to shake, swing"). Related to Old English cwacian (“to quake"). More at quake.
From Middle English quicche, from Old English cwice, from Middle Low German kweke. Cognate with German Quecke, Dutch kweek.