Quaint meaning

kwānt
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Unusual or old-fashioned in a pleasing way.
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(obs.) Clever or skilled.
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Pleasingly unusual; especially, having old-fashioned charm. [from 18th c.]
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Singular; unusual; curious.
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(archaic) The vulva. [from 14th c.]
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Charmingly odd, especially in an old-fashioned way.
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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.

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Fanciful; whimsical.
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(now dialectal) Strange or odd; unusual. [from 14th c.]
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(archaic) Unfamiliar or unusual in character; strange.

Quaint dialect words.

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(archaic) Cleverly made or done.
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(now rare) Wrought with skill; ingenious.
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Origin of quaint

  • Middle English clever, cunning, peculiar from Old French queinte, cointe from Latin cognitus past participle of cognōscere to learn cognition

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman cointe, queinte et al., Old French cointe (“pretty, clever, knowing"), from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognoscere (“to know").

    From Wiktionary