Nothing in Shesol's study reads as quaintly as Johnson's concern for the good opinion of "intellectuals."
Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA as it used to quaintly be called, says Martin McGuinness will shake Queen's hand.
His is the only story that has a chance this week of knocking climate change off what are still, quaintly, called the front pages.
This now seems as quaintly adorable as picture hats and daily milk deliveries.
What a charming little child she was, so quaintly sensible, and with a simplicity and innocence that went to one's heart.
He discovered her quaintly with a jar of pickled frogs in her hand.
When not acting as her brother's assistant or secretary, she devoted her time to what she quaintly called "minding the heavens."
It took the form of a dozen quaintly shaped forks and knives.
This subject of love the little poetess had long and quaintly studied.
Her hair, was it quaintly curly,Or as straight as a beadle's wand?
c.1200, cointe, "cunning, ingenious; proud," from Old French cointe "knowledgeable, well-informed; clever; arrogant, proud; elegant, gracious," from Latin cognitus "known, approved," past participle of cognoscere "get or come to know well" (see cognizance). Modern spelling is from early 14c.
Later in English, "elaborate, skillfully made" (c.1300); "strange and clever" (mid-14c.). 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). Related: Quaintly; quaintness.