from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of quire.


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  • "That was a quare business," he observed, using the word quare as an equivocal one, until he should see what views of the circumstance his master might take; "a quare business, sir, that happened to Mr. Reilly."

    Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One

  • There'll be a hole in the breeks of the other that'll tak a quare width of cloth to make a patch for it.

    The Northern Iron

  • Rod 2.0 informs his readers of a new anthology devoted to Black Queer Studies where the neologism "quare" is posited as a replacement for the "queer" construct.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • My initial reaction to "quare" is decidedly negative.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • Do you recollect the ould First and Frederick, and do you know that we are but two miles and short ones at that from the blissed ould white-washed barracks, full of all kind of quare guns and canteens looking like barrels cut down; and the Parade Ground where our ould

    Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals As Seen From the Ranks During a Campaign in the Army of the Potomac

  • Ballyards, and responsible people went about saying that he had always been "quare" and was getting "quarer."

    The Foolish Lovers

  • John knew that his Uncle William and his mother shared the common belief that Uncle Matthew was "quare," but, although he had often thought about the matter, he could not understand why people held this opinion.

    The Foolish Lovers

  • What a crowd of people, and how "quare" the talk sounded!

    The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911

  • That she had so ridden at Fort Frayne was known to no officer or lady of the garrison then present, but believed by Miss McGrath because of certain inexpressibles of the same material with the "quare" made skirt; both found, dusty and somewhat bedraggled, the morning Captain Blake was having his chase after the Indians, and Miss Flower was so "wild excited like."

    A Daughter of the Sioux A Tale of the Indian frontier

  • -- the road dust on the matting under the window? the vine twigs in that "quare" made skirt never worn by day?

    A Daughter of the Sioux A Tale of the Indian frontier


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