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QUAINT (O. Fr. cointe, from Lat. cogn...

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 709 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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QUAINT (O. Fr. cointe, from Lat. cognitus, known, probably influenced by association with Lat. corn plus, neat), an adjective meaning unusual or fanciful, often applied to things with a sense of old-fashioned charm or prettiness. " Queer," which has much the same meaning, is of doubtful etymology, but is generally taken as adapted from Ger. quer, crooked.
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