Definition of quail verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

quail

 verb
verb
NAmE//kweɪl//
 
[intransitive]quail (at/before somebody/something)(literary)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quail
 
he / she / it quails
 
past simple quailed
 
-ing form quailing
 
 
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to feel frightened or to show that you are frightened
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