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From Old English cwæþ, from cweþan (to say, to speak to, address, exhort, admonish).




  1. (archaic or literary) simple past tense of quethe; said
    • 19th century, Jean Ingelow - The Brides of Enderby
      “Pull, if ye never pull’d before;
      Good ringers, pull your best,” quoth he.
    • 1845 Edgar Allan Poe - The Raven
      Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!
      Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.”
    • 1883, Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Chapter V
      “Good morrow to thee, jolly fellow,” quoth Robin, “thou seemest happy this merry morn.”
      “Ay, that am I,” quoth the jolly Butcher, “and why should I not be so? Am I not hale in wind and limb? Have I not the bonniest lass in all Nottinghamshire? And lastly, am I not to be married to her on Thursday next in sweet Locksley Town?”