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[kwohth] /kwoʊθ/
verb, Archaic.
said (used with nouns, and with first- and third-person pronouns, and always placed before the subject): Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.”.
Also, quo.
Origin of quoth
1150-1200; preterit of quethe (otherwise obsolete), Middle English quethen, Old English cwethan to say. Cf. bequeath Unabridged
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  • "My complexion is florid—my face without a seam," quoth Jack.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • "There is little merit in this confession," quoth the bailiff sternly.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The plague be in his fingers, quoth old John to himself, gin he haena smeared crocks an fat sheep, an a that has come in his way.

  • "I doubt it not, mon ami," quoth the archer, going back to his tankard.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Then he called me Jew, quoth she, and you could take it so calmly.

  • "The more reason that I should strive to mend him," quoth Alleyne.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "I'll bear what you say in mind," quoth Boswell, and he made a note of my injunction.

    The Enchanted Typewriter John Kendrick Bangs
  • "You have but changed from one white company to the other," quoth Aylward.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • quoth I to myself, "This is the first proof to swear by of his lack of wit."

    The Book of Noodles W. A. Clouston
  • "There is the smoke from Bazas, on the further side of Garonne," quoth he.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for quoth


(archaic) used with all pronouns except thou and you, and with nouns another word for said1 (sense 2)
Word Origin
Old English cwæth, third person singular of cwethan to say; related to Old Frisian quetha to say, Old Saxon, Old High German quethan; see bequeath
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Word Origin and History for quoth

Old English cwæð, third person singular past tense of cweðan "to say, speak; name, call; declare, proclaim" (Middle English quethan), from Proto-Germanic *kwithan (cf. Old Saxon quethan, Old Norse kveða, Old Frisian quetha, Old High German quedan, Gothic qiþan), from PIE root *gwet- "to say, speak" (see bequeath). Cf. also archaic quotha "said he" (1510s) for Old English cwæðe ge "think you?"

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