Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Quirked (kwẽrkt) adjective Having, or formed with, a quirk or quirks.

Quirkish (kwẽrk"ĭsh) adjective Consisting of quirks; resembling a quirk. Barrow.

Quirky (-ȳ) adjective Full of quirks; tricky; as, a quirky lawyer.

Quirl (kwẽrl) noun & v. See Querl .

Quirpele (kwẽr"pēl) noun [ Tamil kīrippillai .] (Zoology) The Indian ferret.

Quirt (kwẽrt) noun A rawhide whip plaited with two thongs of buffalo hide. T. Roosevelt.

Quish (kwĭsh) noun See Cuish .

Quit (kwĭt) noun (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of small passerine birds native of tropical America. See Banana quit , under Banana , and Guitguit .

Quit (kwĭt) adjective [ Middle English quite , Old French quite , French quitte . See Quit , v. , Quiet .] Released from obligation, charge, penalty, etc.; free; clear; absolved; acquitted. Chaucer.

The owner of the ox shall be quit .
Ex. xxi. 28.

» This word is sometimes used in the form quits , colloquially; as, to be quits with one, that is, to have made mutual satisfaction of demands with him; to be even with him; hence, as an exclamation: Quits ! we are even, or on equal terms. "To cry quits with the commons in their complaints." Fuller.

Quit transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Quit or Quitted ; present participle & verbal noun Quitting .] [ Middle English quiten , Old French quiter , quitier , cuitier , French quitter , to acquit, quit, Late Latin quietare , from Latin quietare to calm, to quiet, from quietus quiet. See Quiet , adjective , and confer Quit , adjective , Quite , Acquit , Requite .]
1. To set at rest; to free, as from anything harmful or oppressive; to relieve; to clear; to liberate. [ R.]

To quit you of this fear, you have already looked Death in the face; what have you found so terrible in it?
Wake.

2. To release from obligation, accusation, penalty, or the like; to absolve; to acquit.

There may no gold them quyte .
Chaucer.

God will relent, and quit thee all his debt.
Milton.

3. To discharge, as an obligation or duty; to meet and satisfy, as a claim or debt; to make payment for or of; to requite; to repay.

The blissful martyr quyte you your meed.
Chaucer.

Enkindle all the sparks of nature
To quit this horrid act.
Shak.

Before that judge that quits each soul his hire.
Fairfax.

4. To meet the claims upon, or expectations entertained of; to conduct; to acquit; -- used reflexively.

Be strong, and quit yourselves like men.
1 Sam. iv. 9.

Samson hath quit himself
Like Samson.
Milton.

5. To carry through; to go through to the end. [ Obsolete]

Never worthy prince a day did quit
With greater hazard and with more renown.
Daniel.

6. To have done with; to cease from; to stop; hence, to depart from; to leave; to forsake; as, to quit work; to quit the place; to quit jesting.

Such a superficial way of examining is to quit truth for appearance.
Locke.

To quit cost , to pay; to reimburse. -- To quit scores , to make even; to clear mutually from demands.

Does not the earth quit scores with all the elements in the noble fruits that issue from it?
South.

Syn. -- To leave; relinquish; resign; abandon; forsake; surrender; discharge; requite. -- Quit , Leave . Leave is a general term, signifying merely an act of departure; quit implies a going without intention of return, a final and absolute abandonment.

Quit intransitive verb To go away; to depart; to stop doing a thing; to cease.

Quitch (kwĭch) noun
1. (Botany) Same as Quitch grass .

2. Figuratively: A vice; a taint; an evil.

To pick the vicious quitch
Of blood and custom wholly out of him.
Tennyson.

Quitch grass (kwĭch" grȧs`). [ Properly quick grass , being probably so called from its vigorous growth, or from its tenacity of life. See Quick , and confer Couch grass .] (Botany) A perennial grass ( Agropyrum repens ) having long running rootstalks, by which it spreads rapidly and pertinaciously, and so becomes a troublesome weed. Also called couch grass , quack grass , quick grass , twitch grass . See Illustration in Appendix.

Quitclaim (kwĭt"klām`) noun [ Quit , adjective + claim .] (Law) A release or relinquishment of a claim; a deed of release; an instrument by which some right, title, interest, or claim, which one person has, or is supposed to have, in or to an estate held by himself or another, is released or relinquished, the grantor generally covenanting only against persons who claim under himself.

Quitclaim transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Quitclaimed (-klāmd`); present participle & verbal noun Quitclaiming .] (Law) To release or relinquish a claim to; to release a claim to by deed, without covenants of warranty against adverse and paramount titles.

Quite (kwīt) transitive verb & i. See Quit . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Quite (kwīt) adverb [ French quitte discharged, free, clear; confer Old French quitement freely, frankly, entirely. See Quit , adjective ]


1. Completely; wholly; entirely; totally; perfectly; as, the work is not quite done; the object is quite accomplished; to be quite mistaken.

Man shall not quite be lost, but saved who will.
Milton.

The same actions may be aimed at different ends, and arise from quite contrary principles.
Spectator.

2. To a great extent or degree; very; very much; considerably. " Quite amusing." Macaulay.

He really looks quite concerned.
Landor.

The island stretches along the land and is quite close to it.
Jowett (Thucyd. ).

Quitly (kwĭt"lȳ) adverb Quite. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Quitrent (kwĭt"rĕnt`) noun [ Quit , adjective + rent .] (Law) A rent reserved in grants of land, by the payment of which the tenant is quit from other service. Blackstone.

» In some of the United States a fee-farm rent is so termed. Burrill.

Quits (kwĭts) interj. See the Note under Quit , adjective

Quittable (kwĭt"tȧ*b'l) adjective Capable of being quitted.

Quittal (-t a l) noun Return; requital; quittance. [ Obsolete]

Quittance (-t a ns) noun [ Middle English quitaunce , Old French quitance , French quittance . See Quit , transitive verb ]
1. Discharge from a debt or an obligation; acquittance.

Omittance is no quittance .
Shak.

2. Recompense; return; repayment. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Quittance transitive verb To repay; to requite. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Quitter (-tẽr) noun
1. One who quits.

2. A deliverer. [ Obsolete] Ainsworth.

Quittor (-tẽr) noun [ Perhaps for quitture .] (Far.) A chronic abscess, or fistula of the coronet, in a horse's foot, resulting from inflammation of the tissues investing the coffin bone.

Quittuple-nerved, Quintuple-ribbed adjective (Botany) The same as Quinquenerved .

Quitture (-tur; 135) noun A discharge; an issue. [ Obsolete]

To cleanse the quitture from thy wound.
Chapman.

Quiver (kwĭv"ẽr) adjective [ Akin to Anglo-Saxon cwiferlice anxiously; confer OD. kuiven , kuiveren . Confer Quaver .] Nimble; active. [ Obsolete] " A little quiver fellow." Shak.

Quiver intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Quivered (-ẽrd); present participle & verbal noun Quivering .] [ Confer Quaver .] To shake or move with slight and tremulous motion; to tremble; to quake; to shudder; to shiver.

The green leaves quiver with the cooling wind.
Shak.

And left the limbs still quivering on the ground.
Addison.

Quiver noun The act or state of quivering; a tremor.

Quiver noun [ Old French cuivre , cuevre , coivre , Late Latin cucurum , from Old High German chohhāri quiver, receptacle, German köcher quiver; akin to Anglo-Saxon cocor , cocur , cocer , Dutch koker . Confer Cocker a high shoe.] A case or sheath for arrows to be carried on the person.

Beside him hung his bow
And quiver , with three-bolted thunder stored.
Milton.

Quivered (-ẽrd) adjective
1. Furnished with, or carrying, a quiver. "Like a quivered nymph with arrows keen." Milton.

2. Sheathed, as in a quiver. "Whose quills stand quivered at his ear." Pope.

Quiveringly (-ẽr*ĭng*lȳ) adverb With quivering motion.

Quixotic (kwĭks*ŏt"ĭk) adjective Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded. "Feats of quixotic gallantry." Prescott.

Quixotically (-ĭ*k a l*lȳ) adverb In a quixotic way.

Quixotism (kwĭks"ŏt*ĭz'm) noun That form of delusion which leads to extravagant and absurd undertakings or sacrifices in obedience to a morbidly romantic ideal of duty or honor, as illustrated by the exploits of Don Quixote in knight-errantry.

Quixotry (-rȳ) noun Quixotism; visionary schemes.

Quiz (kwĭz) noun [ It is said that Daly, the manager of a Dublin playhouse, laid a wager that a new word of no meaning should be the common talk and puzzle of the city in twenty-four hours. In consequence of this the letters q u i z were chalked by him on all the walls of Dublin, with an effect that won the wager. Perhaps, however, originally a variant of whiz , and formerly the name of a popular game.]
1. A riddle or obscure question; an enigma; a ridiculous hoax.

2. One who quizzes others; as, he is a great quiz .

3. An odd or absurd fellow. Smart. Thackeray.

4. An exercise, or a course of exercises, conducted as a coaching or as an examination. [ Cant, U.S.]

Quiz (kwĭz) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Quizzed (kwĭzd); present participle & verbal noun Quizzing (-zĭng).]
1. To puzzle; to banter; to chaff or mock with pretended seriousness of discourse; to make sport of, as by obscure questions.

He quizzed unmercifully all the men in the room.
Thackeray.

2. To peer at; to eye suspiciously or mockingly.

3. To instruct in or by a quiz. See Quiz , noun , 4. [ U.S.]

Quizzing glass , a small eyeglass.

Quiz intransitive verb To conduct a quiz. See Quiz , noun , 4. [ U.S.]

Quizzer (-zẽr) noun One who quizzes; a quiz.

Quizzical (-zĭ*k a l) adjective Relating to quizzing; given to quizzing; of the nature of a quiz; farcical; sportive.

-- Quiz"zic*al*ly , adverb

Quizzism (-zĭz'm) noun The act or habit of quizzing.

Quo warranto (kwō` wŏr*răn"to). [ So called from the Law Latin words quo warranto (by what authority), in the original Latin form of the writ. See Which , and Warrant .] (Law) A writ brought before a proper tribunal, to inquire by what warrant a person or a corporation acts, or exercises certain powers. Blackstone.

» An information in the nature of a quo warranto is now common as a substitute for the writ. Wharton.

Quob (kwŏb) intransitive verb [ Confer Quaver .] [ Written also quop and quab .] To throb; to quiver. [ Local & Vulgar]

Quod (kwŏd) noun [ For quad , abbrev. of quadrangle .] A quadrangle or court, as of a prison; hence, a prison. [ Slang] "Flogged or whipped in quod ." T. Hughes.

Quod v. Quoth; said. See Quoth . [ Obsolete]

"Let be," quod he, "it shall not be."
Chaucer.

Quod transitive verb To put in quod, or prison; to lock up; to jug. [ Slang] Kipling.

Quoddies (kwŏd"dĭz) noun plural Herring taken and cured or smoked near Quoddy Head, Maine, or near the entrance of Passamaquoddy Bay.