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QUI’DDITY. n.s. [quidditas, low Latin.]
I. Essence; that which is a proper answer to the question, quid
est? a scholastick term.
He could reduce all things to acts,
And knew their natures and abstracts,
Where entity and quiddity,
The ghosts of defunct bodies fly. Hudibras, p. i.
2. A trifling nicety; a cavil; a captious question.
Misnomer in our laws, and other quiddities, I leave to the
professors of law. Camden’s Remains.

To QUI’CKSET. v.a.

To QUI'CKSET. v.a.

To QUI’CKSET. v.a. [quick and set.] To plant with living
In making or mending, as needeth thy ditch.
Get set to quickset it, learn cunningly which. Tusser.
A man may ditch and quickset three poles a day, where
the ditch is three foot wide and two foot deep. Mortimer.

QUI’BBLE. n.s.

QUI'BBLE. n.s.

QUI’BBLE. n.s. [from quidlibet, Latin.] A low conceit de-
pending on the sound of words; a pun.
This may be of great use to immortalize puns and quibbles,
And to let posterity see their forefathers were blockheads. Add.
Quirks or quibbles have no place in the search after truth. Watts.



QUE’LQUECHOSE. n.s. [French.] A trifle; a kickshaw.
From country grass to comfitures of court,
Or city’s quelquechoses, let not report
My mind transport. Donne.

QUA’RTO. n.s.

QUA'RTO. n.s.

QUA’RTO. n.s. [quartus, Lat.] A book in which every sheet,
being twice doubled, makes four leaves.
Our fathers had a just value for regularity and systems;
then folio’s and quarto’s were the fashionable sizes, as volumes
in octavo are now.  Watts.



QUA’LMISH. adj. [from qualm.] Seized with sickly languor.
I am qualmish at the smell of leek.  Shakesp.
You drop into the place,
Careless and qualmish with a yawning face.  Dryden.


The Beinecke’s annotated proof copy of the Dictionary, from which this blog has drawn its images, ends with the letter P. Words will now be taken from a copy of the first edition of the Dictionary, presented by Johnson to his good friend, Hester Lynch Thrale (later Hester Thrale Piozzi). This copy, annotated by Piozzi, can be found in Yale’s Beinecke Library, call number IIm J637 755D copy 4.
–Kathryn James, Beinecke Assistant Curator for Early Modern Books and Manuscripts,


QUAI’NTNESS. n.s. [from quaint.] Nicety; petty elegance.
There is a certain majesty in simplicity, which is far above
all the quaintness of wit. Pope.
[Pope says Quaint of Musical Recitative, wch is anything but quaint.]