quaint

[ kweynt ]
/ kweɪnt /

adjective, quaint·er, quaint·est.

having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm; oddly picturesque: a quaint old house.
strange, peculiar, or unusual in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way: a quaint sense of humor.
skillfully or cleverly made.
Obsolete. wise; skilled.

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Origin of quaint

1175–1225; Middle English queinte<Old French, variant of cointe clever, pleasing ≪ Latin cognitus known (past participle of cognōscere;see cognition)

OTHER WORDS FROM quaint

quaintly, adverbquaintness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for quaint

quaint
/ (kweɪnt) /

adjective

attractively unusual, esp in an old-fashioned stylea quaint village
odd, peculiar, or inappropriatea quaint sense of duty

Derived forms of quaint

quaintly, adverbquaintness, noun

Word Origin for quaint

C13 (in the sense: clever): from Old French cointe, from Latin cognitus known, from cognoscere to ascertain
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