Vocabulary Builder

Vocabulary Builder

    Improve Your Writing

  • Boost your vocabulary
  • See words in the context of real sentences
  • Learn by association and by definition
  • Master a new lexicon!

Get Started Below

Vocabulary Word

Word: quaint

Definition: odd in an old-fashioned way; odd; old-fashioned; picturesque


Sentences Containing 'quaint'

The old-fashioned brass knocker on the low arched door, ornamented with carved garlands of fruit and flowers, twinkled like a star; the two stone steps descending to the door were as white as if they had been covered with fair linen; and all the angles and corners, and carvings and mouldings, and quaint little panes of glass, and quainter little windows, though as old as the hills, were as pure as any snow that ever fell upon the hills.
We accordingly went up a wonderful old staircase; with a balustrade so broad that we might have gone up that, almost as easily; and into a shady old drawing-room, lighted by some three or four of the quaint windows I had looked up at from the street: which had old oak seats in them, that seemed to have come of the same trees as the shining oak floor, and the great beams in the ceiling.
It's a quaint place, and they are quaint company, and it's quite a new sensation to mix with them.'
When I saw you, for the first time, coming out at the door, with your quaint little basket of keys hanging at your side?'
There was no one in the quaint old drawing-room, though it presented tokens of Mrs. Heep's whereabouts.
said Dora, and still being on my knee, she traced them with her pencil; putting it to her rosy lips to make it mark blacker, and working at my forehead with a quaint little mockery of being industrious, that quite delighted me in spite of myself.
You may have seen many a quaint craft in your day, for aught I know;--square-toed luggers; mountainous Japanese junks; butter-box galliots, and what not; but take my word for it, you never saw such a rare old craft as this same rare old Pequod.
One old Sag-Harbor whaleman's chief reason for questioning the Hebrew story was this:--He had one of those quaint old-fashioned Bibles, embellished with curious, unscientific plates; one of which represented Jonah's whale with two spouts in his head--a peculiarity only true with respect to a species of the Leviathan (the Right Whale, and the varieties of that order), concerning which the fishermen have this saying, "A penny roll would choke him"; his swallow is so very small.

More Vocab Words

::: license - official or legal permission; latitude of action or speech; excessive freedom that causes harm or damage; V.
::: peregrination - journey; V. peregrinate
::: expertise - specialized knowledge (in a particular field); expert skill
::: smudge - dirty mark with unclear edges made by rubbing; V.
::: vernal - pertaining to spring
::: commandeer - take (private property) for military use without needing permission or giving payment; draft for military purposes
::: abstruse - obscure; profound; difficult to understand
::: obsequy - funeral ceremony
::: jetsam - things thrown from a ship (to lighten the ship)
::: carnivorous - meat-eating; N. carnivore; CF. herbivore