quail

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[ kweyl ]
/ kweɪl /
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verb (used without object)

to lose heart or courage in difficulty or danger; shrink with fear.

Origin of quail

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1400–50; late Middle English < Middle Dutch quelen, queilen
SYNONYMS FOR quail
Related formsun·quail·ing, adjective

Synonym study

See wince1.
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British Dictionary definitions for quailed (1 of 2)

quail

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/ (kweɪl) /

noun plural quails or quail

any small Old World gallinaceous game bird of the genus Coturnix and related genera, having a rounded body and small tail: family Phasianidae (pheasants)
any of various similar and related American birds, such as the bobwhite

Word Origin for quail

C14: from Old French quaille, from Medieval Latin quaccula, probably of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for quailed (2 of 2)

quail

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/ (kweɪl) /

verb

(intr) to shrink back with fear; cower

Word Origin for quail

C15: perhaps from Old French quailler, from Latin coāgulāre to curdle
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