Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: quaffing – quarry
quaffing, verbal n. [Origin obscure, probably onomatopoetic.] (webplay: drink).
Drinking; inebriation; intoxication; act of imbibing; hearty consumption of liquor; [fig.] experience; pleasure; delight; enjoyment of life.
quail (-ed), v. [Origin obscure.]
Shrink; cower; falter; lose heart; become discouraged.
quaint (-er, -est), adj. [OFr cointe < L. cognitum, known < cognoscěre, to ascertain.] (webplay: artful, dressed, familiar, fashion, fine-spun, framed, hair, phrase, odd).
- Strange; peculiar; curious; unusual; unfamiliar; different; [fig.] new; novel; transformed.
- Old-fashioned; outmoded; outdated; antiquated; time-worn.
- Pretty; pleasing; charming; delightful; enchanting; endearing.
- Fine-spun; delicate; dainty; exquisite; extraordinary.
- Far; insurmountable; unreachable; incomprehensible.
quaintly, adv. [see quaint, adj.]
- Innocently; naively; childishly; whimsically.
- Charmingly; delightfully; enchantingly; uniquely; strangely; oddly; peculiarly; curiously; unusually.
quake (-d), v. [OE cwacian.] (webplay: fear).
Tremble; shiver; quiver; shudder; shake; [fig.] doubt; waver; be insecure; vacillate in belief.
qualified, verbal adj. [see qualify, v.] (webplay: defeated, skill).
Ready; prepared; trained; capable; adequately competent; sufficiently skillful; possessing enough appropriate knowledge.
qualify, v. [Fr. qualifi-er or medieval L. quālificāre, attribute a quality to.] (webplay: defeated, place, skill, such, words).
- Prepare; become worthy; seek to be eligible; make oneself fit; obtain training necessary to meet pre-determined requirements.
- Soften; lessen; temper; moderate; mitigate; limit; ease; assuage; abate; diminish; make less.
- Justify; absolve; acquit; excuse; forgive.
quality (qualities), n. [ME < Fr. < L. quālis, of what kind.] (webplay: color, comparative, high, light, nature, obtained, sun).
- Caliber; merit; worthiness; degree of excellence.
- Feeling; spirit; [fig.] flavor.
- Nature; character; essence.
- Element; hint; feeling; perception.
- Characteristic; attribute; inherent trait; perceivable property.
- Superiority; high rank; noble station.
quantity, n. [OFr < L. quant-us, how much, how great.] (webplay: multiplied).
- Number; amount; abundance.
- Total; sum; whole; overall tally.
- Outpouring; generous portion; [fig.] singing; praise; full-hearted song; measure of music.
quarry, n. [Medieval L. quareia < quadrāre, to square (stones).] (webplay: miles).
- Cavern; man-carved cliff; extraction of rock; [fig.] tunnel; subterranean passageway; passage through a hill.
- Mine; large mass of rock; open pit for stone excavation.