quim

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Origin uncertain; perhaps an alteration of queme. The English Dialect Dictionary has a citation of "quim and cosh" from 1723 which it glosses as "intimate and familiar". Compare also quaint, cunt. Derivation from Welsh cwm ‎(hollow) is sometimes suggested, but the OED notes that this is "unlikely on both semantic and phonological grounds".

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

quim ‎(plural quims)

  1. (vulgar, slang) The female genitalia; the vulva.
    • 1879, Anonymous, "The Wanton Lass" in The Pearl No. 1:
      For one day, when amusing herself with this whim
      The carrot it snapped, and part stuck in her quim.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, page 938:
      Ho! What do I here behold? Were you brushing the cobwebs off a few quims?
    • 2005, Margaret Carter, Maiden Flights (ISBN 1419952595), page 131:
      Her quim grew wet, ready to welcome it.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowing from Scots queem. Compare English queem.

Adjective[edit]

quim

  1. (Ulster) Affectedly nice, prim.
  2. (Ulster) Moving with ease and precision.

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