Definitions of quail

  1. draw back, as with fear or pain; " she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
  2. small gallinaceous game birds
  3. ( game bird) flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised
  4. flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised
  5. To die; to perish; hence, to wither; to fade.
  6. To become quelled; to become cast down; to sink under trial or apprehension of danger; to lose the spirit and power of resistance; to lose heart; to give way; to shrink; to cower.
  7. To cause to fail in spirit or power; to quell; to crush; to subdue.
  8. To curdle; to coagulate, as milk.
  9. Any gallinaceous bird belonging to Coturnix and several allied genera of the Old World, especially the common European quail ( C. communis), the rain quail ( C. Coromandelica) of India, the stubble quail ( C. pectoralis), and the Australian swamp quail ( Synoicus australis).
  10. Any one of several American partridges belonging to Colinus, Callipepla, and allied genera, especially the bobwhite ( called Virginia quail, and Maryland quail), and the California quail ( Calipepla Californica).
  11. Any one of numerous species of Turnix and allied genera, native of the Old World, as the Australian painted quail ( Turnix varius). See Turnix.
  12. A prostitute; - so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird.
  13. A small game bird of the partridge family; the bobwhite.
  14. To shrink from facing pain or danger; lose heart or courage; cower.
  15. To cower: to fail in spirit.
  16. A migratory bird like the partridge, found in every country from the Cape of Good Hope to the North Cape.
  17. A small game- bird.
  18. To cower; shrink in spirit.
  19. To shrink from facing trial or pain; cower; lose heart.
  20. A small game- bird; a bob white or the like.
  21. A gallinaceous bird, closely allied to the partridge.
  22. To fail in spirit; to cower.
  23. A bird closely allied to the partridge, and esteemed for its flesh.
  24. To quake; to tremble under bodily fear or horror; to faint; to languish; to give way.

Usage examples for quail

  1. She had also her mother's eyes, large and round, and almost blue, full of life and full of courage, eyes which never seemed to quail, and her mother's dark brown hair, never long but very copious in its thickness. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  2. My partciular memory is of a quail- pie. – If I May by A. A. Milne
  3. The cause is now well forward; let not her majesty suffer it to quail. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  4. Joel says it don't pay to look fer quail in the brush when he does fetch 'em down." – Stories of the Foot-hills by Margaret Collier Graham
  5. These notes, clear and full, were in imitation of a quail. – The Pines of Lory by John Ames Mitchell
  6. Quail called coolly from afar. – The Heritage of the Hills by Arthur P. Hankins
  7. Though the deer he pursued be never so swift, or the quail never so wary, he always tracked down his quarry. – The Princess Pocahontas by Virginia Watson
  8. Tom felt a sudden pang of dismay, but his stout heart did not quail, nor did his obstinate resolution falter. – Lost in the Fog by James De Mille
  9. In order to leave ample time for the train, my friend Mr. Quail ordered dinner at eight- a light meal, for his wife had gone to the Engadine some weeks before. – On Nothing & Kindred Subjects by Hilaire Belloc
  10. But she did not quail. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  11. But before protection came market hunters were known to carry out the most cruel methods in order to bag the quail in large numbers. –  by
  12. Like a little quail my wife Sits on her seat. – Plays A Protégée of the Mistress; Poverty Is No Crime; Sin and Sorrow Are Common to All; It's a Family Affair--We'll Settle It Ourselves by Alexander Ostrovsky
  13. Not for an instant did he quail. – Rulers of India: Lord Clive by George Bruce Malleson
  14. " You bleed," I cried, for my heart 'gan quail. – The Coast of Bohemia by Thomas Nelson Page
  15. You want to get out of here, and see something of the world, and not stay cooped up with nothing livelier than rabbits, squirrels, and quail." – The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories Strength of Gideon; Mammy Peggy's Pride; Viney's Free Papers; The Fruitful Sleeping of The Rev. Elisha Edwards; The Ingrate; The Case of 'Ca'line'; The Finish of Patsy Barnes; One Man's Fortunes; Jim's Probation; U by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  16. They scattered like startled quail. – Blister Jones by John Taintor Foote
  17. " Well, when I did whistle, I whistled in that way- like a quail. – The Pines of Lory by John Ames Mitchell
  18. The latter even thought of such a thing, for although a man of courage, the sight of the great forest giant caused him for a moment to quail. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  19. Bel was not the one to lose a battle by appearing to quail in the outset, however clearly she might see herself outnumbered. – Between Whiles by Helen Hunt Jackson