- adj. 古雅的；奇怪的；离奇有趣的；做得很精巧的
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1. It comes from cognitus 'known'. The word's meaning evolved via the notion of someone who 'knows' about something ("get or come to know well"), and hence is an expert at it or is skilful in doing it;
2. and came to mean 'skilled, expert, clever, finely or skilfully made'; this led later to the notion of being skilfully made or elegant, which eventually degenerated into 'agreeably curious, pleasantly curious'.
3. => elaborate, skillfully made; strange and clever; old-fashioned but charming.
4. q -> g, => quai => guai => 怪的拼音 => 古怪啊，古怪的。
- quaint:  Quaint was once a more wholehearted term of approval than it is now. In Middle English it meant ‘clever’ or ‘finely or skilfully made’. Its current sense ‘pleasantly curious’ did not emerge until the 18th century. It comes via Old French coint from Latin cognitus ‘known’, the past participle of cognōscere ‘know’ (source of English recognize). The word’s meaning evolved in Old French via the notion of someone who ‘knows’ about something, and hence is an expert at it or is skilful in doing it.
=> cognition, recognize
- quaint (adj.)
- c. 1200, cointe, "cunning, ingenious; proud," from Old French cointe "knowledgeable, well-informed; clever; arrogant, proud; elegant, gracious," from Latin cognitus "known, approved," past participle of cognoscere "get or come to know well" (see cognizance). Modern spelling is from early 14c.
Later in English, "elaborate, skillfully made" (c. 1300); "strange and clever" (mid-14c.). Sense of "old-fashioned but charming" is first attested 1795, and could describe the word itself, which had become rare after c. 1700 (though it soon recovered popularity in this secondary sense). Related: Quaintly; quaintness.
- 1. Boppard is a small, quaint town with narrow streets.
- 2. a quaint seaside village
- 3. There were many small lanes in the quaint village.
- 4. The piano has a quaint old - world tone about it.
- 这架钢琴的音色具有一种古雅的 老式 风味.
- 5. They still keep some quaint old customs.
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