Word of the DayThursday, September 18, 2014
\KWOH-thuh\ , interjection;
Archaic. indeed! (used ironically or contemptuously in quoting another).
Lady H. H: A tar barrel, quotha! A thorn tree—quotha! You that were harping on galaxies and milky ways! You that were swearing I outshone 'em all!
-- Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts, 1941
...Ashamed to walk with me, quotha! marry, as good as yourself, I hope.
-- Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, 1749
Quotha entered English in the early 1500s from quoth a meaning "quoth he." Quoth, an archaic verb meaning "said," has been used since Middle English was spoken.
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