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Definition of Quaint


  1. Prudent; wise; hence, crafty; artful; wily.
  2. Characterized by ingenuity or art; finely fashioned; skillfully wrought; elegant; graceful; nice; neat.
  3. Curious and fanciful; affected; odd; whimsical; antique; archaic; singular; unusual; as, quaint architecture; a quaint expression.

Quaint Quotations

An article can be timely, topical, engaged in the issues and personalities of the moment; it is likely to be stale within the month. In five years, it may have acquired the quaint aura of a rotary phone. An article is usually Siamese-twinned to its date of birth.
Cynthia Ozick

One is struck in the study of saints, angels and gods by a pattern that seems quaint and harmless. Yet, it is so common that I know there must be a deeper meaning. There always seem to be guardians and spirits of doors, bridges, exits and entranceways.
Richard Rohr

We Hoosiers hold to some quaint notions. Some might say we 'cling' to them, though not out of fear or ignorance. We believe in paying our bills. We have kept our state in the black throughout the recent unpleasantness, while cutting rather than raising taxes, by practicing an old tribal ritual - we spend less money than we take in.
Mitch Daniels

Baltimore is one of the most beautiful towns, really. And trust me, I don't say that about every place. There is just something so quaint, old and beautiful about this place.
Polly Bergen

Each year, in my quaint efforts to send out paper holiday cards with personal messages, I probably discard one for every three I actually manage to put in the mail. The reason is that my handwriting is now less legible than it was when I was in the second grade.
Meghan Daum
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Quaint Translations

quaint in Dutch is typisch, curieus, vreemd
quaint in Finnish is kummallinen
quaint in German is wunderlich, wunderlichen, anheimelnd
quaint in Norwegian is eiendommelig, underlig
quaint in Swedish is gammalmodig, egen
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