What is another word for quaintly?

Pronunciation: [kwˈe͡ɪntli] (IPA)

The word quaintly is an adverb used to describe something that is attractively and pleasantly old-fashioned. Some of the synonyms for quaintly are charmingly, picturesquely, uniquely, curiously, and delightfully. Charming is one of the closest synonyms to quaintly, and both words have a similar connotation of being pleasing or appealing. Picturesquely is a synonym that describes something as visually pleasing. Uniquely refers to something that stands out from the rest. Curiously means something that is unusual or fascinating. And delightfully describes something that is enjoyable or pleasing. All these synonyms give an idea of the character of something that is quaintly old-fashioned.

What are the hypernyms for Quaintly?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

Usage examples for Quaintly

They seemed alert, self-confident, optimistic and quaintly whimsical.
"A Prairie Courtship"
Harold Bindloss
It would take many drawings, to describe the many arrangements of courts and steps and quaintly curved roofs, and the foliage and flickering shadows.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah"
William G. Burn Murdoch
It wheels above the tide-line, or rests, bowing quaintly, on some grassy hummock near a pool.
G. E. Mitton

Famous quotes with Quaintly

  • Clinton and Obama practice this politics known quaintly as the Richard Speck strategy: if you cannot take on everyone in the room at once, take them out of the room one at a time.
    Grover Norquist
  • There are other difficulties in the way of accepting imperialism as an explanation of Muslim hostility, even if we define imperialism narrowly and specifically, as the invasion and domination of Muslim countries by non-Muslims. If the hostility is directed against imperialism in that sense, why has it been so much stronger against Western Europe, which has relinquished all its Muslim possessions and dependencies, than against Russia, which still rules, with no light hand, over many millions of reluctant Muslim subjects and over ancient Muslim cities and countries? And why should it include the United States, which, apart from a brief interlude in the Muslim-minority area of the Philippines, has never ruled any Muslim population? The last surviving European empire with Muslim subjects, that of the Soviet Union, far from being the target of criticism and attack, has been almost exempt. Even the most recent repressions of Muslim revolts in the southern and central Asian republics of the USSR incurred no more than relatively mild words of expostulation, coupled with a disclaimer of any desire to interfere in what are quaintly called the "internal affairs" of the USSR and a request for the preservation of order and tranquillity on the frontier. One reason for this somewhat surprising restraint is to be found in the nature of events in Soviet Azerbaijan. Islam is obviously an important and potentially a growing element in the Azerbaijani sense of identity, but it is not at present a dominant element, and the Azerbaijani movement has more in common with the liberal patriotism of Europe than with Islamic fundamentalism. Such a movement would not arouse the sympathy of the rulers of the Islamic Republic. It might even alarm them, since a genuinely democratic national state run by the people of Soviet Azerbaijan would exercise a powerful attraction on their kinsmen immediately to the south, in Iranian Azerbaijan. Another reason for this relative lack of concern for the 50 million or more Muslims under Soviet rule may be a calculation of risk and advantage. The Soviet Union is near, along the northern frontiers of Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan; America and even Western Europe are far away. More to the point, it has not hitherto been the practice of the Soviets to quell disturbances with water cannon and rubber bullets, with TV cameras in attendance, or to release arrested persons on bail and allow them access to domestic and foreign media. The Soviets do not interview their harshest critics on prime time, or tempt them with teaching, lecturing, and writing engagements. On the contrary, their ways of indicating displeasure with criticism can often be quite disagreeable.
    Bernard Lewis

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