- said (used with nouns, and with first- and third-person pronouns, and always placed before the subject): Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.”
Origin of quoth
Examples from the Web for quoth
"The more reason that I should strive to mend him," quoth Alleyne.
"These are the Beating Friars, otherwise called the Flagellants," quoth he.
"I doubt it not, mon ami," quoth the archer, going back to his tankard.
"Streams may spring from one source, and yet some be clear and some be foul," quoth she quickly.
"There is the smoke from Bazas, on the further side of Garonne," quoth he.
- archaic (used with all pronouns except thou and you, and with nouns) another word for said 1 (def. 2)
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?"