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quoth

[kwohth] /kwoʊθ/
verb, Archaic.
1.
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
1150-1200; preterit of quethe (otherwise obsolete), Middle English quethen, Old English cwethan to say. Cf. bequeath
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British Dictionary definitions for quoth

quoth

/kwəʊθ/
verb
1.
(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
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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