quid

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kwɪd/, [kʰw̥ɪd]
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  • Rhymes: -ɪd

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Latin quid (what, something), neuter singular of quis (who).

Noun[edit]

quid (plural quids)

  1. The inherent nature of something.
  2. (US, historical) A section of the Democratic-Republican Party between 1805 and 1811 (from tertium quid).

Etymology 2[edit]

Likely derives from the phrase quid pro quo (this for that), referring to the exchange of goods/services for money.

Noun[edit]

quid (plural quid or (rare) quids)

  1. (historical) A sovereign or guinea.
    • 1870, Charles Reade, Put Yourself in His Place
      They invited him to come to-morrow, [] and bring half a quid with him.
  2. (Britain, colloquial, slang) Pound sterling (only used with a whole number of pounds).
    Four quid for a toastie? You're joking aren't you?!
  3. (Australia, colloquial) pound (before the 1966 currency change)
  4. (Ireland, colloquial) pound, punt
  5. (Ireland, colloquial) euro
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English quide, quede, from Old English cwidu, cwudu (that which is chewed, cud). Doublet of cud.

Noun[edit]

quid (plural quids)

  1. A piece of chewing tobacco.
    • 1901, W. W. Jacobs, chapter 1, in Light Freights, page 1:
      He broke off to open a small brass tobacco-box and place a little quid of tobacco tenderly into a pouch in his left cheek, ...
  2. (US, colloquial) the act of chewing such tobacco

Verb[edit]

quid (third-person singular simple present quids, present participle quidding, simple past and past participle quidded)

  1. To chew tobacco
  2. (of a horse) To let food drop from the mouth whilst chewing

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin quid.

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Pronoun[edit]

quid

  1. (formal) what about
    Synonyms: qu'en est-il de, quoi
    Quid de la transparence du programme ?

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

quid m (invariable)

  1. a certain something (that is somehow undefinable)

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *kʷid; compare *kʷis.

The sense “why” is an adverbial accusative; compare Ancient Greek τί ().

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

quid

  1. neuter nominative/accusative singular of quis
    Quid dīcam?
    What can I say?
  2. (internal accusative) what, how?
    • Aeneid 12.872 by Vergil
      Quid nunc tē tua, Turne, potest germāna iuvāre?
      How will your sister help you now, Turnus?

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Adverb[edit]

quid (not comparable)

  1. why? what for?

Interjection[edit]

quid

  1. well, why, what?
    Quid, an nescīs
    What, you mean you don't know?
    Pompeius, Commentum in Artis Donati partem tertiam Keil, GL V, p. 287/14 = Zago (2017), p. 16/7:
    (discussing moetacism) Plērumque enim aut suspēnsiōne prōnuntiātur aut exclūsiōne [] Nōs quid sequī dēbēmus? Quid, per suspēnsiōnem tantum modo. Quā ratiōne? Quia si []
    It's mostly pronounced either by pausing or by leaving it out [] Which solution should we adopt? Why, only by pausing. What is the reason? Because if []

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References[edit]

  • quid in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • quid in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • quid in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) if anything should happen to me; if I die: si quid (humanitus) mihi accidat or acciderit
    • (ambiguous) what will become of him: quid illo fiet?
    • (ambiguous) what am I to do with this fellow: quid huic homini (also hoc homine) faciam?
    • (ambiguous) how came it that...: quid causae fuit cur...?
    • (ambiguous) what is the use of: quid attinet? with Infin.
    • (ambiguous) give me your opinion: dic quid sentias
    • (ambiguous) I am undecided..: incertus sum, quid consilii capiam
    • (ambiguous) what do you mean to do: quid tibi vis?
    • (ambiguous) what is the meaning of this: quid hoc sibi vult?
    • (ambiguous) what is the meaning of this: quid hoc rei est?
    • (ambiguous) to determine the nature and constitution of the subject under discussion: constituere, quid et quale sit, de quo disputetur
    • (ambiguous) what is the meaning, the original sense of this word: quid significat, sonat haec vox?
    • (ambiguous) what do we mean by 'virtue': quid est virtus?
    • (ambiguous) what sort of humour are you in: quid tibi animi est?
    • (ambiguous) what will become of me: quid (de) me fiet? (Ter. Heaut. 4. 3. 37)
    • (ambiguous) how are you: quid agis?
    • (ambiguous) what is going on? how are you getting on: quid agitur? quid fit?
    • (ambiguous) let the consuls take measures for the protection of the state: videant or dent operam consules, ne quid res publica detrimenti capiat (Catil. 1. 2. 4)
    • (ambiguous) what is your opinion: quid censes? quid tibi videtur?
    • (ambiguous) what is your opinion: quid de ea re fieri placet?
    • (ambiguous) to say the least..: ne (quid) gravius dicam
    • (ambiguous) in short; to be brief: ne multa, quid plura? sed quid opus est plura?
    • (ambiguous) no wonder: nec mirum, minime mirum (id quidem), quid mirum?

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

quid m (plural quids or quid)

  1. gist; point; crux

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