[ kwohth ]
/ kwoʊθ /

verb Archaic.

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

Nearby words

  1. quote,
  2. quote-driven,
  3. quote-unquote,
  4. quoted company,
  5. quoteworthy,
  6. quotha,
  7. quotid.,
  8. quotidian,
  9. quotient,
  10. quotient group

Also quo.

Origin of quoth

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

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British Dictionary definitions for quoth


/ (kwəʊθ) /


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

Word Origin for quoth

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



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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