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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "My complexion is florid—my face without a seam," quoth Jack.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • “Shoot him with pistol,” quoth the big negro,—grinning horribly.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • 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.

  • “Oh, let be till daylight,” quoth she, as she turned on her pillow.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • Then he called me Jew, quoth she, and you could take it so calmly.

  • “Why, you should have to strive a very lifetime for that,” quoth Dame Hilda.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • "I'll bear what you say in mind," quoth Boswell, and he made a note of my injunction.

    The Enchanted Typewriter John Kendrick Bangs
  • "Now we shall have fighting worth the telling of," quoth Ketel the viking.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • quoth I to myself, "This is the first proof to swear by of his lack of wit."

    The Book of Noodles W. A. Clouston
  • By the position of the sun,” quoth Evelyn, “it ought to be about six thirty.

    Lucile Triumphant Elizabeth M. Duffield
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?"

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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