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July 7th, 2010

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01:06 pm - 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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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.

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