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Quaint

means odd, peculiar. A quaint phrase means a fanciful phrase, one not expressed in the ordinary way.

“His garment was very quaint and odd; … a long, long way behind the time.”—Dickens: Christmas Stories; Cricket on the Hearth, chap. i.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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