izhilzha (izhilzha) wrote,

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Definition: QUAINT

Pronunciation: \ˈkwānt\
Function: adjective
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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