Quaint Words

These are, perhaps, more than just quaint. Others might use other terms to describe them. Here are some ideas of what I'm getting at:

See also this link http://www.merrycoz.org/voices/bartlett/AMER02.HTM which I just became aware of (Fall 2007)

If the word is listed in Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (1973) then it is so indicated, with a brief synonym.
The notation (2000 - nnnn) means it is found at Merriam-Webster's web site showing a first-entry date of nnnn.
The notation (1999) refers to the above site, but indicates that I've not checked more recently than 1999.
The notation (1913) refers to a version of Webster's 1913, e.g., from  from Bibliomania or from Dailey

nincompoop {1913 - fool} humdinger {1973 - doozy} {2000 - 1904, though (1913) does not list it}
catywampous {- lopsided; neither (1913) nor (2000) appears to have anything similar} caterwaul {1913 - yowl}
whippersnapper {1913 - insubordinate} clodhopper {1913 - hick, rustic}
persnickety {1973 - fussy,  not 1913} lollygag {1973 - dawdle,  not 1913}
cantankerous {1913 - contentious} rigamarole {1973 - complexity,  not 1913}
finagle {1973 - wheedle,  not 1913} tomfoolery {1913 - folly}
flaggergast {1973 - astound,  not 1913} hornswoggle {1973 - bamboozle,  not 1913}
gobbledygook {1973 - babble,  not 1913} cryminintly { - my goodness!;  neither (1913) or 1999 online Webster's appears to have anything similar }
hankering {1913 - desire} fidgety {1913 - nervous}
highfalutin {1973 - fancy,  not 1913} patooties {jail}
gadget {1973 - thing,  not 1913} cahoots {1973 - allied,  not 1913}
kitty-corner [catty-] {1973 - diagonal,  not 1913} skedaddle (1913 - flee)
cabood- {desire} calaboose {1913 - jail}
caboodle (kit and) {1913 - entirety} hoosegow {1973 - jail,  not 1913}
shenanigans {1973 - mischief,  not 1913} doozy (2000 - 1916 - humdinger)

other suggestions (not among my favorites)

addlepated {1973- confused}
bamboozle (1913 - deceive)
befuddle (1913 - confuse)
bellyaching {1973 - whining}
betwixt {1913 - between)
boondoggle {after 1913}
bushwhacker {1913 - guerilla}
comboberation {- seems to be a mix of conglomeration and combination; ; neither the 1913 or 1999 online Webster's appears to have anything similar}
come-uppance
confounded
cooties (after 1913)
cronies
discombobulate {1973 - confuse}
gumption {1913 - shrewdness}
hogflustered
gullywasher (after 1913)
gumption
hog-wild {1973}
humbug (1913 - hoax)
hunky-dory {1973}
hodge-podge
mollycoddle {1973, not 1913}
new-fangled
pea-brained
obfusticate {not in 1913}
stomping grounds
super-duper
rabblerouser
vittles {1973, though victuals is present in 1913}
willy-nilly
woozy {not in 1913}


Definitely not what I have in mind

ain't [ordinary slang]

dagnabit [interjection]

fiddlesticks [interjection]

gee-whilikers [interjection]

horsefeathers [interjection]

hot-diggety [interjection]

huggermugger [obscure]

yummy [ordinary slang]


suggested paradigm which adds to quaintness -- [c*v]*cm -- [c*v]*c*'e'c

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