quaint

adjective
\ˈkwānt \

Definition of quaint 

1 obsolete : expert, skilled

2a : marked by skillful design quaint with many a device in India ink— Herman Melville

b : marked by beauty or elegance

3a : unusual or different in character or appearance : odd

b : pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned or unfamiliar a quaint phrase

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Other Words from quaint

quaintly adverb
quaintness noun

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strange, singular, unique, peculiar, eccentric, erratic, odd, quaint, outlandish mean departing from what is ordinary, usual, or to be expected. strange stresses unfamiliarity and may apply to the foreign, the unnatural, the unaccountable. a journey filled with strange sights singular suggests individuality or puzzling strangeness. a singular feeling of impending disaster unique implies singularity and the fact of being without a known parallel. a career unique in the annals of science peculiar implies a marked distinctiveness. the peculiar status of America's first lady eccentric suggests a wide divergence from the usual or normal especially in behavior. the eccentric eating habits of preschoolers erratic stresses a capricious and unpredictable wandering or deviating. a friend's suddenly erratic behavior odd applies to a departure from the regular or expected. an odd sense of humor quaint suggests an old-fashioned but pleasant oddness. a quaint fishing village outlandish applies to what is uncouth, bizarre, or barbaric. outlandish fashions of the time

Examples of quaint in a Sentence

A lot can change in 25 years, and Yountville has gone from an also-ran on the Napa food-and-wine tourism scene to the focus of activity. The quaint bed and breakfasts of yesterday have been replaced by upscale hotels and inns, and the village has become a mecca for top chefs. — Tim Fish, Wine Spectator, 15 June 2008 Therefore, when the federal Constitutional Convention decided in 1787 that U.S. senators would be appointed by state legislatures rather than elected by the people at large, the drafters were actually placing the choice of U.S. senators in the control of state leaders who had met their states' highest qualifications for property and religion. Today, these property and religious qualifications are likely to strike us as quaint historical oddities. — Richard N. Rosenfeld, Harper's, May 2004 Five minutes by ferry from the bustling concrete depths of Wall Street sits what could be a quaint New England town: stately, collegiate buildings framed by tree-lined walkways where the wind rustles through aging oak trees. — Andrea Elliott, New York Times, 25 July 2003 The fishing village was very quaint. The writer talks about the quaint customs of the natives.
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Considering the way the Flyknit Trainer paved the way for sock sneakers to go to radical extremes in their design, from the Vapormax to the new Mercurial Superfly 360, the OG knit upper looks pretty quaint. Jake Woolf, GQ, "The Nike Flyknit Sneaker that Started It All Is Back," 21 Feb. 2018 That was in 2004, not so long ago, given how quaint its business model seems now. Josh Gohlke, San Francisco Chronicle, "Last Word: Blockbuster’s last rites give pause," 2 Feb. 2018 Five years ago, the notion of Russians trying to dictate what goes on in Washington looked merely quaint. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Sex, Spies, and Clunky Computers on “The Americans”," 7 Mar. 2017 But in contrast with the walkable streets, quaint houses, and small shops in the surviving areas of Corktown, the industrial blocks show little to no street life. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what you might not know about Corktown's history," 9 July 2018 Image When Hurricane Sandy lashed the southern coast of Brooklyn in October of 2012, the neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay, with its quaint bungalows and low-slung buildings, was buffeted by up to 10 feet of rushing seawater. New York Times, "New Buildings Rise in Flood Zones," 6 July 2018 Most cities are in open rebellion, including Granada, a quaint colonial city favored by U.S. tourists where the city hall was burned down, and León, the country’s second-largest city. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Barricades and Empty Streets: Nicaragua’s Leader Loses Control," 18 June 2018 But with floodwaters receded, revealing devastating damage across the downtown of quaint shops and historic 18th and 19th Century buildings, others are stretched to the breaking point. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "After the floods, locals ask ‘should I stay or should I go?’," 28 May 2018 True to its name, the quaint coffee shop sells a variety of books, from bestselling novels to gorgeous photography books, and even offers a Reading Room that can be booked for private book club meetings. Tara Massouleh, AL.com, "What to do in Mountain Brook's Crestline Village," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of quaint

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quaint

Middle English queinte, cointe, from Anglo-French, clever, expert, from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognoscere to know — more at cognition

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quaint

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of quaint

: having an old-fashioned or unusual quality or appearance that is usually attractive or appealing

quaint

adjective
\ˈkwānt \
quainter; quaintest

Kids Definition of quaint

: pleasingly old-fashioned or unfamiliar quaint customs

Other Words from quaint

quaintly adverb
quaintness noun

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