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The verb is from Middle English quemen (to please) from Old English cweman, cwēman (to gratify, satisfy, please) from Proto-Germanic *kwēmijaną (to please, be convenient, suit), from Proto-Germanic *kwemaną (to come), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷem- (to go, come). Compare obsolete Swedish kväma, Danish kvemme. Related to Old English cuman (come), come.

The noun is from Middle English queme, from Old English cweme, Old English cwēme (pleasant, agreeable, acceptable), related to Old English cwemnes, Old English cwēmnes (pleasure, satisfaction, mitigation).


queem (third-person singular simple present queems, present participle queeming, simple past and past participle queemed)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To be pleasing (to someone or something).
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To become; come to be.
  3. (transitive, obsolete or Scotland) To fit.
  4. (transitive, obsolete or poetic) To please; satisfy.
    • 1870, Samuel Orchart Beeton, Periods:
      Her attire full well it seemed, Mervelik the king she queemed.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To suit.
  6. (transitive) To bequeath.
  7. (transitive) To hand over privately; slip.
    to queme a thing into one's hand

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queem (plural queems)

  1. (obsolete) Pleasure.
  2. (Scotland) A breeze.
    • 1876, John Mactaggart:
      Dream, dream, that the Ocean's queem; Dream, dream, that the moon did beam; And the morning will hear the waves roar, [...]

Related terms[edit]





  1. close-fitting or well-fitting, snug



  1. exactly, neatly, snugly
  2. smoothly, pleasantly, without snags or hitches



  1. to fit snugly, fall into place, coincide with
  2. to make something fit, fall into place.