[ kwild ]
/ kwɪld /


rolled or incurved into a narrow tubular form.

Nearby words

  1. quill driver,
  2. quill pen,
  3. quillai,
  4. quillai bark,
  5. quillback,
  6. quiller,
  7. quiller-couch,
  8. quiller-couch, sir arthur thomas,
  9. quillet,
  10. quillfish

Origin of quilled

First recorded in 1720–30; quill + -ed3


[ kwil ]
/ kwɪl /


verb (used with object)

Origin of quill

1375–1425; late Middle English quil; compare Low German quiele, German Kiel

Related formsquill-like, adjective

Can be confusedquail quell quill

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British Dictionary definitions for quilled


/ (kwɪl) /


verb (tr)

to wind (thread, yarn, etc) onto a spool or bobbin
to make or press fluted folds in (a ruff)

Word Origin for quill

C15 (in the sense: hollow reed or pipe): of uncertain origin; compare Middle Low German quiele quill

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Word Origin and History for quilled



c.1400, "piece of reed or hollow stem of a feather," probably related to Middle High German kil "quill," from Low German quiele, of unknown origin. Meaning "pen made from a (goose) quill" is from 1550s; that of "porcupine spine" is from c.1600.

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Science definitions for quilled


[ kwĭl ]

The hollow shaft of a feather, the bottom of which attaches to the bird's skin.
One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.
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