Adjective "quaint" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Attractively unusual or old-fashioned.
  1. 'a quaint old custom'
  2. 'Sadly, Fiona and her quaint highland village seem forever lost to him in the remote mists of time.'
  3. 'Lytham is the more quaint, elegant area while St Annes has large hotels along the sea sand front and cheaper houses.'
  4. 'The set comprising chessmen placed on a board in wood has a quaint appearance.'
  5. 'It's easy to walk through the village and just see old stone, quaint architecture and water.'
  6. 'This is one of those quaint traditions from the first days of the Parliament which still survive.'
  7. 'Although this may be a polite and quaint custom, it is often of little use to the recipient.'
  8. 'After all, look how modern these quaint old institutions are becoming.'
  9. 'It was not until the next night in a quaint old bar in Amsterdam that the wonder of the whole trip hit me.'
  10. 'Here the ritual of the election night is a quaint old-world tradition closer to pantomime than politics.'
  11. 'This is a quaint old-fashioned shrub that is ideal for both town and country gardens.'


1. having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm; oddly picturesque: a quaint old house.

2. strange, peculiar, or unusual in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way: a quaint sense of humor.

3. skillfully or cleverly made.

4. Obsolete. wise; skilled.

More examples(as adjective)

"systems can be quaint in comparisons."

"towns can be quaint."

"villages can be quaint."

"streets can be quaint."

"ways can be quaint."

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Middle English: from Old French cointe, from Latin cognitus ‘ascertained’, past participle of cognoscere. The original sense was ‘wise, clever’, also ‘ingenious, cunningly devised’, hence ‘out of the ordinary’ and the current sense (late 18th century).