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From Middle English quemen (to please), from Old English cweman, cwēman (to gratify, satisfy, please) (compare cweme, cwēme (pleasant, agreeable, acceptable) and cwemnes, Old English cwēmnes (pleasure, satisfaction, mitigation)), 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. Compare also quim.


queme (third-person singular simple present quemes, present participle queming, simple past and past participle quemed)

  1. (obsolete) To please, to satisfy.
    • c. 1385, Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde, Book V:
      My fader nyl for no thyng do me grace / To gon aȝeyn, for naught I kan hym queme [...].
    • 1801, George Ellis, Specimens of the early English poets:
      Of body she was right avenant, Of fair colour, with sweet semblant. Her attire full well it seem'd, Marvellich the king she quemed.
    • 1892, Francis Saultis, Dreams After Sunset:
      On fair Corea's shellèd stream, My fancy floats without restraint; Pagodas, wrought in porcelain, teem On every side, of fabric quaint. While genii pleased my sense to queme, the blue-foamed Yang-ste-Kiang, faint Before my gaze depict in dream, Ebbing its ripples with my plaint.
    • 1906, William Henry Schofield, English Literature:
      Nothing Jesus Christ more quemeth (pleaseth) Than love in wedlock where men it yemeth (keepeth);

Related terms[edit]




  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of quemar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of quemar




  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of quemar.
  2. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of quemar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of quemar.


queme m (plural quemes)

  1. burnout (psychology and ergonomics)