adjective, quaint·er, quaint·est.
Origin of quaint
Examples from the Web for quaintly
Nothing in Shesol's study reads as quaintly as Johnson's concern for the good opinion of "intellectuals."
This now seems as quaintly adorable as picture hats and daily milk deliveries.
Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA as it used to quaintly be called, says Martin McGuinness will shake Queen's hand.
His is the only story that has a chance this week of knocking climate change off what are still, quaintly, called the front pages.
Many of these mantles, whether of flax, feathers or dog-skin, were quaintly beautiful as well as warm and waterproof.The Long White Cloud|William Pember Reeves
We decided that the remark was too Lincolnian to be mistaken and no man but he could have put the situation so quaintly.Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2 (of 2)|William H. Herndon
All day and every day intelligent men find themselves surrounded by oceans of what is quaintly called “reading matter.”Pipefuls|Christopher Morley
An Abbot, quaintly voicing the Church's belief, said that “every letter writ on paper is a sword thrust in the devil's side.”Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1|Elise Whitlock Rose
"In saying 'me,' I include the family," returned Henry quaintly.Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles|Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for quaintly
Word Origin for quaint
Word Origin and History for quaintly
c.1200, cointe, "cunning, ingenious; proud," from Old French cointe "knowledgeable, well-informed; clever; arrogant, proud; elegant, gracious," from Latin cognitus "known, approved," past participle of cognoscere "get or come to know well" (see cognizance). Modern spelling is from early 14c.
Later in English, "elaborate, skillfully made" (c.1300); "strange and clever" (mid-14c.). Sense of "old-fashioned but charming" is first attested 1795, and could describe the word itself, which had become rare after c.1700 (though it soon recovered popularity in this secondary sense). Related: Quaintly; quaintness.