[ UK /kwˈe‍ɪnt/ ]
[ US /ˈkweɪnt/ ]
  1. very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance
    a quaint sense of humor
    the head terminating in the quaint duck bill which gives the animal its vernacular name
    came forth a quaint and fearful sight
  2. attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)
    houses with quaint thatched roofs
    a vaulted roof supporting old-time chimney pots
  3. strange in an interesting or pleasing way
    quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities
    quaint dialect words
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How To Use quaint In A Sentence

  • He and Barton were now called upon for their names, and in return, we were favoured with the liquid and vowelly appellatives, by which our ingenuous and communicative acquaintances were respectively designated. The Island Home
  • However, even during adulthood we are constantly learning the faces of new individuals, both personal acquaintances and media figures.
  • I look forward to seeing the place again, renewing old acquaintances. The Sun
  • Excepting his quaint epithets which he affects to render literally from the Greek, a language above all others blest in the happy marriage of sweet words, and which in our language are mere printer's compound epithets -- such as quaffed divine Literary Remains, Volume 1
  • [From Vivaculus:]… I hasted to London, and entreated one of my academical acquaintances to introduce me into some of the little societies of literature which are formed in taverns and coffee - houses.
  • The dangers for girls were especially acute: “It is estimated that two-thirds of the girls who appear before the Court charged with immorality owe their misfortune to influences derived directly from the movies, either from the pictures themselves or in the ‘picking up’ of male acquaintances at the theatre!” A Renegade History of the United States
  • The fable is plainly implex, formed rather from the "Odyssey" than the "Iliad;" and many artifices of diversification are employed, with the skill of a man acquainted with the beet models. Lives of the English Poets : Waller, Milton, Cowley
  • I would also like to know how well acquainted he was with the Metis of western Canadathe people, their clothing, and their culture?
  • He replied, “I know not; but thou art better able to judge, being acquainted with the ways of thy man, more by token that thou art one of the sharpest-witted of women and past mistress of devices such as devise that whereof fail the wise.” The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  • Sometimes, with mechs, a smile could transform the face into something even less human—the expression somehow incongruous on the synthetic lips, a quaint and unsettling party trick, like a dog propped at the dinner table with a fork and spoon. Crashed
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