1 strange in an interesting or pleasing way; "quaint dialect words"; "quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities"
2 very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance; "the head terminating in the quaint duck bill which gives the animal its vernacular name"- Bill Beatty; "came forth a quaint and fearful sight"- Sir Walter Scott; "a quaint sense of humor"
3 attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic); "houses with quaint thatched roofs"; "a vaulted roof supporting old-time chimney pots" [syn: old-time, olde worlde]
EtymologyFrom Old French cointe, and queinte pretty, clever, knowing < Latin cognitus known, past participle of cognoscere to know
- Rhymes: -eɪnt
- Having old-fashioned
- It's a very quaint village with old-fashioned storefronts.
- Strange or odd in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way.
- came forth a quaint and fearful sight - Sir Walter Scott
- Highly incongruous, inappropriate, or illogical; naive, unreasonable -- usually
- of a quaint sense of honesty - Paul Engle
- Characterized by cleverness or ingenuity; skillfully wrought or artfully contrived.
- to show how quaint an orator you are - Shakespeare
- Overly discriminating or needlessly meticulous; fastidious.
- being too quaint and finical in his expression - Roger L'Estrange
- Dutch: typisch
incongruous, inappropriate or illogical
cleverness or ingenuity
absurd, acquaint, amusing, antiquated, antique, archaic, bizarre, curious, droll, eccentric, fanciful, fantastic, freaked out, freaky, funny, hilarious, humorous, idiosyncratic, incongruous, kooky, laughable, ludicrous, odd, oddball, off, off the wall, offbeat, old-fashioned, out, outlandish, passing strange, peculiar, picturesque, present, priceless, queer, quizzical, rich, ridiculous, risible, screaming, singular, strange, uncommon, unconventional, unearthly, unorthodox, unusual, weird, whimsical, witty, wondrous strange