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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)