He obeyed, and exhibited no symptom of quailing, except that his complexion suddenly turned to a livid colour.
Lady Luce caught her by the shoulders and glared into her quailing eyes.
"No offense—no offense," muttered the man, quailing before the savagery of the formidable Chief Inspector.
And instead of quailing, she looked at him with flashing eyes.
In her great misery and helpless desolation a how and a whither with quailing beset her going.
Not once, so far as the boys could see, did he show a sign of quailing.
How would it not grieve him could he hear of them as now quailing before Hector?
"Yes," exploded Harkins, frowning heavily upon the quailing Stearns.
The quailing Leaf tried to look as if he had lived nowhere at all.
Erect and unbending she stood before them, and the quailing miscreant crouched at her feet.
migratory game bird, late 14c. (early 14c. as a surname (Quayle), from Old French quaille (Modern French caille), perhaps via Medieval Latin quaccula (source also of Provençal calha, Italian quaglia, Old Spanish coalla), or directly from a Germanic source (cf. Dutch kwakkel, Old High German quahtala "quail," German Wachtel, Old English wihtel), imitative of the bird's cry. Or the English word might be directly from Proto-Germanic. Slang meaning "young attractive woman" first recorded 1859.
c.1400, "have a morbid craving;" early 15c., "grow feeble or sick;" mid-15c., "to fade, fail, give way," of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch quelen "to suffer, be ill," from Proto-Germanic *kwel- "to die" (see quell). Or from obsolete quail "to curdle" (late 14c.), from Old French coailler, from Latin coagulare (see coagulate). Sense of "lose heart, shrink, cower" is attested from 1550s. According to OED, common 1520-1650, then rare until 19c., when apparently it was revived by Scott. Related: Quailed; quailing.