strange in an interesting or pleasing way
"quaint dialect words"; "quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities"
very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance
"the head terminating in the quaint duck bill which gives the animal its vernacular name"- Bill Beatty; "came forth a quaint and fearful sight"- Sir Walter Scott; "a quaint sense of humor"
old-time, quaint, olde worlde(adj)
attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)
"houses with quaint thatched roofs"; "a vaulted roof supporting old-time chimney pots"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Antique refers to an ancient, antiquated to a discarded style. Antique is that which is either ancient in fact or ancient in style. The reference is to the style rather than to the age. We can speak of the antique architecture of a church just built. The difference between antiquated and antique is not in the age, for a Puritan style may be scorned as antiquated, while a Roman or Renaissance style may be prized as antique. The antiquated is not so much out of date as out of vogue. Old-fashioned may be used approvingly or contemptuously. In the latter case it becomes a synonym for antiquated; in the good sense it approaches the meaning of antique, but indicates less duration. We call a wide New England fireplace old-fashioned; a coin of the Cæsars, antique. Quaint combines the idea of age with a pleasing oddity; as, a quaint gambrel-roofed house. Antiquated is sometimes used of persons in a sense akin to superannuated. The antiquated person is out of style and out of sympathy with the present generation by reason of age; the superannuated person is incapacitated for present activities by reason of age. Compare OLD.
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How to use quaint in a sentence?
Our quaint metaphysical opinions, in an hour of anguish, are like playthings by the bedside of a child deathly sick.
Across the page the numbers moved in grave morrice, in the mummery of their letters, wearing quaint caps of squares and cubes.
I think people enjoy visiting St. Augustine because it is quintessentially quaint, it’s European with tight buildings and narrow streets; it sits in a harbor with a coquina fort that looks past the barrier islands toward the open ocean.
This generation sees letters as a very quaint, bygone thing that people used to do, but what they contain is some of the most extraordinary, most powerful sentiments and emotions because everything is more vibrant through the lens of warfare.
Popular art is normally decried as vulgar by the cultivated people of its time; then it loses favor with its original audience as a new generation grows up; then it begins to merge into the softer lighting of quaint, and cultivated people become interested in it, and finally it begins to take on the archaic dignity of the primitive.
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- løjerlig, kuriøs, ejendommeligDanish
- pittoresk, kurios, wunderlich, malerisch, urigGerman
- curioso, pintorescoSpanish
- عجیب و جالبPersian
- remarquable, délicat, intelligence, pittoresque, incohérant, finesse, incovenant, exigeant, illogiqueFrench
- inappropriato, pittoresco, vano, caratteristico, bizzarro, curiosoItalian
- schranderheid, onlogisch, slimheid, typisch, kieskeurig, merkwaardig, veeleisend, onsamenhangend, pittoresk, ongepast, vreemdDutch
- čudesan, staromodanSerbo-Croatian
- sällsam, egendomlig, gammalmodig, sirlig, kuriös, pittoresk, ovanlig, gammaldags, märkvärdigSwedish
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