|01:06 pm - Definition: QUAINT|
Etymology: Middle English queinte, cointe, from Anglo-French, clever, expert, from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognoscere to know — more at cognition
Date: 13th century
1 obsolete : expert, skilled
2 a : marked by skillful design [quaint with many a device in India ink — Herman Melville]
b : marked by beauty or elegance
3 a : unusual or different in character or appearance : odd [figures of fun, quaint people — Herman Wouk]
b : pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned or unfamiliar
...so. If I get a really well-done tattoo, does that make me particularly quaint? *g* (I love alternate meanings for words.)
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|Date:||July 7th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)|| |
The word with the best alternative meanings is probably "cleave":
1. chop or break apart, split.
2. make one's way through.
3. </i>(literary)</i> stick fast, adhere.
So meaning 3 is the opposite of meaning 1.