quid

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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 meaning "this for that", referring to the exchange of goods/services for money.

Noun[edit]

quid ‎(plural quid or quids)

  1. (historical) A sovereign or guinea.
    • Charles Reade
      They invited him to come to-morrow, [] and bring half a quid with him.
  2. (Britain, colloquial) Pound sterling.
    Five quid for a sandwich? You're having a laugh!
  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]

Variant 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
    • 1902, John Masefield, A Ballad of John Silver
      Ah! the pig-tailed, quidding pirates and the pretty pranks we played
  2. (of a horse) To let food drop from the mouth whilst chewing

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin quid.

Pronoun[edit]

quid

  1. what about
    Quid de la transparence du programme ?

Synonyms[edit]

  • Qu'en est-il de...
  • Qu'est-il advenu de...

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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.

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Pronoun[edit]

quid

  1. inflection of quis:
    1. neuter nominative singular
    2. neuter accusative singular
    Quid dico?
    What do I say?

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Adverb[edit]

quid

  1. why? what for?

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References[edit]

  • quid in Charlton T. Lewis & 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 Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (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)

  1. gist; point; crux