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noun (1)

plural quid also quids
: a pound sterling


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noun (2)

: a cut or wad of something chewable

Examples of quid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
All of that for fifty quid a week… David and Defries were both equally guilty in this exploitation. Jem Aswad, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024 But now, this tacit quid quo pro is being tested in new ways as the Russian state engages in what the U.S. has declared to be war crimes committed by Putin against Ukraine. Deborah Netburnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 At one point, trading was halted in volatile trade as the share price dipped below 3 quid in the opening minutes, more than 25% below its offer price. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 31 Mar. 2021 Perhaps, the study authors suggested, the tobacco was chewed or sucked in a quid (wads of plant fiber) and people spat the seeds into the fire. Katie Hunt, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 The cases will almost certainly end in guilty convictions and lengthy prison sentences, barring high-level intervention or a quid quo pro deal that includes the U.S. dropping charges against Meng. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2021 At one time, iconic sports car maker Caterham Cars charged a couple of hundred quid for a heated windscreen on the Seven, a useful feature in a car that wasn’t fully waterproof. Wired, 26 July 2022 Since its inception in 1995, the KRABB (even currently) has never cost more than ten quid. Gina Tonic, refinery29.com, 24 Dec. 2021 But the Indictment here alleges an explicit quid pro that consists of accepting campaign contributions in exchange for specific official action. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 2 Mar. 2021

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Word History


Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

English dialect, cud, from Middle English quide, from Old English cwidu, cwudu — more at cud

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1688, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quid was in 1688

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Cite this Entry

“Quid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quid. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a lump of something chewable

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