quaintest

quaint

[kweynt]
adjective, quainter, quaintest.
1.
having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm; oddly picturesque: a quaint old house.
2.
strange, peculiar, or unusual in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way: a quaint sense of humor.
3.
skillfully or cleverly made.
4.
Obsolete. wise; skilled.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English queinte < Old French, variant of cointe clever, pleasing ≪ Latin cognitus known (past participle of cognōscere; see cognition)

quaintly, adverb
quaintness, noun


1. antiquated, archaic. 2. curious, uncommon.


2. ordinary.
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quaint (kweɪnt)
 
adj
1.  attractively unusual, esp in an old-fashioned style: a quaint village
2.  odd, peculiar, or inappropriate: a quaint sense of duty
 
[C13 (in the sense: clever): from Old French cointe, from Latin cognitus known, from cognoscere to ascertain]
 
'quaintly
 
adv
 
'quaintness
 
n

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quaint
early 13c., "cunning, proud, ingenious," from O.Fr. cointe "pretty, clever, knowing," from L. cognitus "known," pp. of cognoscere "get or come to know well" (see cognizance). Sense of "old-fashioned but charming" is first attested 1795, and could describe the word itself,
which had become rare after c.1700 (though it soon recovered popularity in this secondary sense). Chaucer used quaint and queynte as spellings of cunt in "Canterbury Tales" (c.1386), and Andrew Marvell may be punning on it similarly in "To His Coy Mistress" (1650).
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