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[kwohth] /kwoʊθ/
verb, Archaic.
said (used with nouns, and with first- and third-person pronouns, and always placed before the subject): Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.”.
Also, quo.
Origin of quoth
1150-1200; preterit of quethe (otherwise obsolete), Middle English quethen, Old English cwethan to say. Cf. bequeath Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I doubt it not, mon ami," quoth the archer, going back to his tankard.

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  • "These are the Beating Friars, otherwise called the Flagellants," quoth he.

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  • "The more reason that I should strive to mend him," quoth Alleyne.

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  • "Streams may spring from one source, and yet some be clear and some be foul," quoth she quickly.

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  • "You have but changed from one white company to the other," quoth Aylward.

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  • "There is the smoke from Bazas, on the further side of Garonne," quoth he.

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  • "I hurt my leg and cannot ride," quoth the bishop's champion.

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  • "There is little merit in this confession," quoth the bailiff sternly.

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  • "That, no doubt, will be a great comfort to both of us," quoth the old woman.

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  • "I know no man I respect more than Mr. Maltravers," quoth the admiral.

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British Dictionary definitions for quoth


(archaic) used with all pronouns except thou and you, and with nouns another word for said1 (sense 2)
Word Origin
Old English cwæth, third person singular of cwethan to say; related to Old Frisian quetha to say, Old Saxon, Old High German quethan; see bequeath
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Word Origin and History for quoth

Old English cwæð, third person singular past tense of cweðan "to say, speak; name, call; declare, proclaim" (Middle English quethan), from Proto-Germanic *kwithan (cf. Old Saxon quethan, Old Norse kveða, Old Frisian quetha, Old High German quedan, Gothic qiþan), from PIE root *gwet- "to say, speak" (see bequeath). Cf. also archaic quotha "said he" (1510s) for Old English cwæðe ge "think you?"

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