verbarchaic, humorous with direct speech
Said (used only in first and third person singular before the subject)‘‘Ah,’ quoth he, as soon as the bike started, ‘a blown cylinder head gasket.’’
- ‘Any port in a storm, quoth the sailors, even if it's a Port-O-Potty.’
- ‘Merriam-Webster online doth quoth: ‘A geek used to be a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake.’’
- ‘As a result, it saddens me to have to resort to this, but ‘desperate times require desperate measures for measure’, quoth The Bard, or someone else a bit like him who's equally famous.’
- ‘Seabass miso-yaki - marinated for three days in miso and brown sugar, quoth our waiter - never quite rose above its excellent garlic mashed potatoes and dots of racy passionfruit purée.’
Middle English past tense of obsolete quethe ‘say, declare’, of Germanic origin.
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