quoth

quoth

[kwohth]
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:
1150–1200; preterit of quethe (otherwise obsolete), Middle English quethen, Old English cwethan to say. Cf. bequeath

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quoth (kwəʊθ)
 
vb (used with all pronouns except thou and you, and with nouns)
archaic another word for said
 
[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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quoth
O.E. cwæð, past tense of cweðan "to say, speak, name, call" (cf. O.S. quethan, O.N. kveða, O.Fris. quetha, O.H.G. quedan, Goth. qiþan). Cf. archaic quotha "said he" (1519) for O.E. cwæðe ge "think you?"
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