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See also: querré and quèrre

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From Latin quaerere, present active infinitive of quaerō.



  1. to seek; to search for
    • circa 1150, Thomas d'Angleterre, Le Roman de Tristan, page 170 (of the Champion Classiques edition, →ISBN, line 2077:
      quert li a beivre e a manger
      he searched for something for him to eat and drink


This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb has a stressed present stem quier distinct from the unstressed stem quer, as well as other irregularities. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.


  • Middle French: querir