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QUAINT, adjective [The latter word would lead us to refer quaint to the Latin accinctus, ready, but Skinner thinks it more probably from comptus, neat, well dressed.]

1. Nice; scrupulously and superfluously exact; having petty elegance; as a quaint phrase; a quaint fashion.

To show how quaint an orator you are.

2. Subtle; artful. obsolete

3. Fine-spun; artfully framed.

4. Affected; as quaint fopperies.

5. In common use, odd; fanciful; singular; and so used by Chaucer.