[ UK /kwˈe‍ɪntnəs/ ]
  1. strangeness as a consequence of being old fashioned
    some words in her dialect had a charming quaintness
  2. the quality of being quaint and old-fashioned
    she liked the old cottage; its quaintness was appealing
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How To Use quaintness In A Sentence

  • Alone of all the fathers he said _adsentio_ for _adsentior_, and such phrases as "_vellicatim aut sultuatim scribendo_" show an absurd straining after quaintness. The History of Roman Literature From the earliest period to the death of Marcus Aurelius
  • The welcome they received in days when (as is recorded by Scott) the mail occasionally arrived at Edinburgh carrying only one single letter, has given such letters a reputation for delightfulness utterly disconnected with any intrinsic merit, but which we sycophantishly accept after a hundred or two hundred years, handing it on with hypocritical phrases about "quaintness," and "vivid picture of the past," and similar nonsense. Hortus Vitae Essays on the Gardening of Life
  • The two cities are vastly different, with Hanoi being what we call a city that possesses a unique character, its quaintness and those things aren't necessarily found in Ho Chi Minh City, which is a real metropolitan area, much more hustle-bustle than even Hanoi, if that would frighten you a little bit, perhaps. Press Briefing By Ambassador Douglas Pete Peterson
  • The opening sequence paints a portrait of the quietus and quaintness of suburbia and the stifling boredom it can induce.
  • Urban sleekness and traditional quaintness highlight the contrasts of Hong Kong.
  • There is a quaintness and unworldliness about its old streets and wharves, which is indescribable in print; there is a wonderfully impressive expanse of sea and sky on the Bay of Bidassoa, a couple of kilometres away, and all sorts and conditions of men may find an occupation here for any passing mood they may have. The Automobilist Abroad
  • I do not think it is uniformly conspicuous [Y] for quaintness, or that there is much that can be called affectation; though occasionally an excess of brevity has proved too tempting, or the desire to individualize runs away with him. Microcosmography or, a Piece of the World Discovered; in Essays and Characters
  • And adding to the quaintness, I noticed that the bank's drive-through teller lanes were equipped with pneumatic tubes.
  • In a sense can one culture's madness be seen as another culture's eccentricity or even quaintness?
  • Tempting though it may be to view the cozy quaintness of Ann and Abby through rose-tinted glasses, advice columnists have always been known for downright chutzpah.
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