From Middle English queynte, quoynte, from Anglo-Norman cointe, queinte and Old French cointe (“pretty, clever, knowing”), from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognōscō (“I know”).
quaint (comparative quainter, superlative quaintest)
- (obsolete) Of a person: cunning, crafty. [13th-19th c.]
- (obsolete) Cleverly made; artfully contrived. [14th-19th c.]
- (now dialectal) Strange or odd; unusual. [from 14th c.]
- (obsolete) Overly discriminating or needlessly meticulous; fastidious; prim. [15th-19th c.]
- Pleasingly unusual; especially, having old-fashioned charm. [from 18th c.]
A variant of cunt (possibly as a pun).
quaint (plural quaints)
- (archaic) The vulva. [from 14th c.]