quak·​er | \ ˈkwā-kər How to pronounce quaker (audio) \

Definition of quaker

1 : one that quakes
2 capitalized : friend sense 5

Other Words from quaker

Quakerish \ ˈkwā-​k(ə-​)rish How to pronounce quaker (audio) \ adjective
Quakerism \ ˈkwā-​kə-​ˌri-​zəm How to pronounce quaker (audio) \ noun
Quakerly \ ˈkwā-​kər-​lē How to pronounce quaker (audio) \ adjective

Examples of quaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new documentary follows the story of Westtown School, a small quaker school in Pennsylvania that also happens to be home to arguably the greatest starting five in history. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, 8 Mar. 2018 When Quakers Charles and Rhoda Coffin ministered in prisons and workhouses across the United States in the 1860s, the couple witnessed the deplorable conditions that inmates, in particular, women faced. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, 21 June 2017 Quakers weren’t welcome at Harvard in the 1660s, and vaccination was a medical and theological no-no at Yale over a century later. WSJ, 3 Apr. 2017 Not all of us are bent on changing people’s beliefs; in fact, atheist Quakers attend services with theists regularly and happily. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of quaker

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Quaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quaker. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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