A Word A Day : Quaint
Sunday, 6th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : kwa-ynt
1. Charmingly odd, especially in an old-fashioned way
2. Unfamiliar or unusual in character
3. Cleverly made
4. Attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)
5. Strange in an interesting or pleasing way
12th century - Via Old French cointe, queinte - clever - Latin cognit - past participle of cognoscere - get to know
old-fashioned, old-world, picturesque, charming, pretty, antiquated, attractive, appealing, strange, peculiar, odd, curious, bizarre, weird, extraordinary, unusual
normal, ordinary, modern
• 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.
• A quaint
village was nestled in the valley between two tall mountains.
• It is but a month since they were married and the rice still lingers in the crevices of the pathway down to the quaint
old iron-work gate.
• Much will strike the reader as quaint
and limited but upon much the writer may not unreasonably plume himself.
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