Quaint is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand quaint (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use quaint in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of quaint, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of quaint, followed by 45 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)
EXAMPLES - Quaint in a Sentence
- The only word to describe this approach is "quaint". (source)
- "Well, you think us 'quaint' -- that's the same thing. (source)
- Spend weekend wandering rug shops in quaint nearby shopping area. (source)
- What do you think all those "quaint" post card village greens are? (source)
- Spring training was in quaint little Florida and Arizona towns then. (source)
- Covert, they read, in quaint carved letters under the eave of the porch. (source)
- Pigg, for this pony can only be described as a quaint but friendly little rogue. (source)
- This is a common error that just sounds like something quaint from a 1930's movie. (source)
- Many residents say they are all friends and are happy to call the quaint spot home. (source)
- This appears in that quality of his verse which friends call quaint, and enemies grotesque. (source)
- Before following him across the unknown waters, let us recall the quaint lines of Camoens -- (source)
- Accountability, social justice and the rule of law are "quaint" notions that no longer apply. (source)
- The Grameen Bank, once dubbed the "barefoot bank," can no longer be described in quaint terms. (source)
- The decor would have been called quaint in the Twentieth Century, but here it was only ordinary. (source)
- The crumbling downtown building represents everything old and quaint from a simpler, slower time. (source)
- Other interpretations of the kind, called quaint conceits, can be read from these printers 'devices. (source)
- When exactly did we stop using words like "quaint," or "low key" in the same sentence with "sports world?" (source)
- Cherry again, and to recall the quaint yet melancholy grace of her figure as she sat on the stool opposite. (source)
- The Westport Country Playhouse production of "She Loves Me" recalls a quaint age before texting and online dating. (source)
- On the other hand, it's kind of quaint to imagine a rally cry e-mail from your local team that would arrive absent the trappings of commerce. (source)
- So he rose again, took off his hat, and in quaint, set terms wished us "good health, a pleasant journey, a safe return, and the blessing of God." (source)
- Instead, he characterizes what, from the Palestinian point of view is the Israeli land grab, in quaint Israeli partisan terms, ie: family expansion. (source)
- Elizabeth McCutchen and a friend were walking to book club two weeks ago in quaint Farmville, Virginia, when they strolled by a home on First Avenue. (source)
- Tropical plants in quaint jars of Indian design and construction and rustic stands are grouped about, and parrots, mocking-birds, and gayly-colored birds of (source)
- She confesses to Hicks in a letter in 1943 that she had abandoned what you call my 'quaint virginity cult' some time ago & haven't regretted it for one second. (source)
- A highlight at the end our visit to Casco Viejo was Luna's Castle, which can only be described as quaint and rustic with lovely interior courts and a great view. (source)
- You remind me of certain quaint folks I have met who assume H. P.Lovecraft's "Necronomicon" must really exist, or, similarly for Tolkein's "Red Book of Westermarch". (source)
- On the way to the fundraiser, Bush's motorcade left his Prairie Chapel (sounds "quaint" - just like the Geneva Convention [s]) Ranch and passed directly by Camp Casey. (source)
- The office of the VEEP is no place for high school debate, nor the "quaint" ways of pointing missiles back at Russian to enforce agreements which do not, in fact, exist. (source)
- In 1949, when packaged mixes were arriving on the market, a yeast bread like Mrs. Smafield's wasn't yet defined as quaint, but it certainly summoned remembrances of kitchens past. (source)
- The middle school, like Ingrid herself, is normal and typical .... tho, like Veronica Mars, I think that she may find mysteries aplenty to investigate in quaint-sounding Echo Falls. (source)
- Despite what critics have called his quaint, old-world, idiosyncratic, even "Christian" attitude, Solzhenitsyn cannot be accused of not addressing the most important problems of his lifetime. (source)
- St. John is a coastal town with beautiful views, that would describe as quaint, but with that slight undercurrent of unemployment and alcoholism that seems to pervade most small coastal towns. (source)
- And then ask why they choose to still be American citizens and not move to some plutocratic authoritarian country in eastern Europe where there's no hiding whatsoever of how 'quaint' democracy is? (source)
- Cornell is in the twilight of her career, starring in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" but ruing the demise of grand acting, calling herself "quaint," "popular with grandmothers," and "an antique." (source)
- Six years ago, on my first visit, Lhasa could still be described as a quaint city brimming with Chinese influence but largely characterized by its ancient Tibetan architecture, Tibetan goods and, of course, Tibetan people. (source)
- The officers recall his quaint and memorable answer to the inquiry on the tactics he used to defend himself against the Boche who were in the gun-pits, shooting at him from behind trees and crawling for him through the brush. (source)
- Anti-war protests that shut down city streets and drew marchers by the millions around the world were dismissed in press reports, and characterized as quaint relics of a time that had passed rather than as the outpouring of anger and opposition that they were. (source)
- Alliterations, puns, antithetical forms of expression lavishly employed where no corresponding opposition existed between the thoughts expressed, strained allegories, pedantic allusions, everything, in short, quaint and affected, in matter and manner, made up what was then considered as fine writing. (source)
- I don't know enough myself to unequivocally endorse these allegations (I accept the "quaint" concept of innocence until proven guilty-and even extend that to corporations despite plenty of personal experience to the contrary in my own career) but I suggest you google Walmart and form your own opinion. (source)
- Close clinging to the sides of a rugged mountain a narrow track of shining steel wound its way upward, marking the pathway of civilization in its march from sea to sea, while near the summit of a neighboring peak a quaint cabin of unhewn logs arranged in Gothic fashion was built into the granite ledge. (source)
- PILGRIM: Bill, Bush nominee Alberto Gonzales is in the spotlight because of a memo he wrote to his White House legal counsel talking about new definitions of torture and the Geneva Convention provisions which he called quaint and talking about special people for war on terror, special rules for war on terror. (source)
- Canterbury Tales with being based on actual experience, and recalling the quaint courtyard of the inn as it appeared on that distant April day of 1388, it is a pleasant exercise of fancy to imagine Chaucer leaning over the rail of one of the upper galleries to watch the assembling of his nine-and-twenty "sondry folk." (source)
- At breakfast the next morning Theron found himself in command of an unusual fund of humorous good spirits, and was at pains to make the most of it, passing whimsical comments on subjects which the opening day suggested, recalling quaint and comical memories of the past, and striving his best to force Alice into a laugh. (source)
- Who that has known a man quick and shrewd to see dispassionately the inner history, the reason and the ends, of the combinations of society, and at the same time eloquent to tell of them, with a hold on the attention gained by a certain quaint force and sagacity resident in no other man, can find it difficult to understand why men still resort to Montesquieu? (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 45 example sentences provided below is 59.0, which suggests that "quaint" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 24 synonyms for quaint.
bizarre, curious, droll, eccentric, erratic, fanciful, fantastic, freakish, freaky, funny, idiosyncratic, laughable, oddball, off the beaten track, offbeat, original, outlandish, peculiar, queer, singular, special, unusual, weird, whimsical
We have 14 antonyms for quaint.
common, conventional, current, grave, new, new-fangled, normal, ordinary, reasonable, regular, serious, standard, up-to-date, usual
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of quaint from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Charmingly odd, especially in an old-fashioned way: "Sarah Orne Jewett . . . was dismissed by one critic as merely a New England old maid who wrote quaint, plotless sketches of late 19th-century coastal Maine” ( James McManus).
- (adjective) Unfamiliar or unusual in character; strange: quaint dialect words. See Synonyms at strange.
- (adjective) Cleverly made; artful.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Prudent; wise; hence, crafty; artful; wily.
- (adjective) Characterized by ingenuity or art; finely fashioned; skillfully wrought; elegant; graceful; nice; neat.
- (adjective) Curious and fanciful; affected; odd; whimsical; antique; archaic; singular; unusual
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Known; familiar.
- (None) Artful; clever; cunning; crafty; wily.
- (None) Artificial; ingenious; elaborate; curious; pretty; elegant; fine.
- (None) Fanciful; odd; whimsical: as, a quaint phrase; a quaint talker.
- (None) Odd and antique; old-fashioned; curious; odd in any way.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)
- (adjective) very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance
- (adjective) strange in an interesting or pleasing way