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quoth

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verb Archaic.
  1. said (used with nouns, and with first- and third-person pronouns, and always placed before the subject): Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.”
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Origin of quoth

1150–1200; preterit of quethe (otherwise obsolete), Middle English quethen, Old English cwethan to say. Cf. bequeath
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Historical Examples

  • "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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British Dictionary definitions for quoth

quoth

verb
  1. archaic (used with all pronouns except thou and you, and with nouns) another word for said 1 (def. 2)
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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

v.

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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