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We stayed in a quaint town.
  unusual in an interesting or pleasing way — especially when old-fashioned
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Occasionally, quaint can imply that something (such as an idea) is too strange or old-fashioned to be taken seriously.
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  • We stayed in a quaint town.
  • Grandma has a quaint, old-fashioned idea of how things should work.
  • houses with quaint thatched roofs
  • The room was quaint and charming.

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  • Once upon a midnight dreary,
    while I pondered, weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping,
    suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Raven
  • Limmershin is a very quaint little bird, but he knows how to tell the truth.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • They come to see the last day of the quaint little Spanish fiesta... .
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • But always afterwards on occasions of ceremony, he wore that quaint old French sword of the commodore’s.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • He listened eagerly to the old woman’s quaint talk,
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • They have a quaint old-fashioned custom in this country, Maria: they get married here before the wedding night.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story

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  • There’s a main street in Scottsburg trying to be quaint but just looking tired.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • (I’d never known Amy to set foot in the park; despite the name, it is not remotely quaint.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Whitewashed cottages, quaint except for the satellite dishes sprouting from their roofs, lined a small grid of muddy gravel streets.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • I saw the bed before I saw him; it dominated the room with its mahogany wood, its quaintly flowered quilt and pillows out of place in that setting.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The echoes of his footfalls ricochet off tall houses and rain back onto them, and he labors beneath her weight, and she is old enough to suspect that what he presents as quaint and welcoming might in truth be harrowing and strange.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Whenever I saw them tied up at the waterfront I thought of them as something peculiar to our region, quaint, something the foreigner would remark on, something not quite modern, and certainly nothing like the liners and cargo ships that berthed in our own modern docks.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • After the hideous uniformity in dress of the postwar scene, especially in a man-trap like McGraw-Hill, what really was more refreshing to the eye than a little quaintness, a bit of eccentricity?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She would like me to be furious, and quaint.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The storefronts all had verandas and quaint signs extending over the doors.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • How quaint.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • He bowed quaintly from his saddle.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • To try to make some meaning out of all this seems unbelievably quaint.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • We drove down to Lake Tahoe, to a quaint marina on the California side.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Thus we came to know Dill as a pocket Merlin, whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fancies.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Well, what a quaint idea! I don’t know whether it’s horrible or very wise indeed.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • His hair had evidently been hastily brushed smooth in front of the temples, but stuck up behind in quaint little tufts.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • ’tis vile, unless it may be quaintly order’d, And better in my mind not undertook.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • His face had been blasted by close-range gunfire, in that quaint, old-fashioned way the Taliban have when they find a mortally wounded American.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • We parked in the center of town, which had big jacaranda trees and was very quaint.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Then I began to notice that there were some quaint little specks floating in the rays of the moonlight.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Also his quaint pronunciation of words was such a delight—and the phrases he would pick up and remember, the most outlandish and impossible things!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Lots of foot traffic passed in front of quaint little shops.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Beside the hearse stood a quaintly dressed little-man, whose duty it was, I understood, to supervise the funeral, as a sort of master of ceremonies.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • All morning Mary Anne chattered away about how quaint the place was, how she loved the thatched roofs and naked children, the wonderful simplicity of village life.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • The father stood very rigid and quaint in a double-breasted suit with padded shoulders that were much too tight for him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Your American terms are so quaint, so expressive," he said.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • It was quaint, like a fantasy of the 1950s.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • On the far side of the open stood one of the hills, with two quaint, craggy peaks shining vividly in the sun.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Smoke drifted lazily from a multitude of quaint chimneys.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • It’s real quaint and different.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Then he went to live in the leafy pool at the end of the garden, where he made the summer nights musical with his quaint love-song.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • And it’s so quaint, and gives such a smart emphasis to things that are not in themselves very witty.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Voltairian royalism, a quaint variety, had a no less singular sequel, Bonapartist liberalism.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He had forgotten that the seemingly innocuous request of all European hotels to see a passport at check-in was more than a quaint formality—it was the law.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • There was a little path of flat stones, amethyst in the night, that led up to the quaint arched wooden door.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Daylight found the vicar and his wife, a quaintly-costumed little couple, still marvelling about on their own ground floor by the unnecessary light of a guttering candle.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • My quaint Ariel, Hark in thine ear.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • There followed a long period of painstaking research during which he visited all the major centers of ballpoint loss throughout the Galaxy and eventually came up with a quaint little theory that quite caught the public imagination at the time.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Moreover, she wasn’t a real savage, had been hatched out of a bottle and conditioned like any one else: so couldn’t have really quaint ideas.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • They see us as nothing but a quaint shopping district-an odd perception if you consider the nationalities of men like Einstein, Galileo, and Newton.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
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