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Definition of quail verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

quail

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kweɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kweɪl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quail
BrE BrE//kweɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kweɪl//
 
he / she / it quails
BrE BrE//kweɪlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kweɪlz//
 
past simple quailed
BrE BrE//kweɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kweɪld//
 
past participle quailed
BrE BrE//kweɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kweɪld//
 
-ing form quailing
BrE BrE//ˈkweɪlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkweɪlɪŋ//
 
Fear
 
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[intransitive] quail (at/before somebody/something) (literary) to feel frightened or to show that you are frightened See related entries: Fear Word Originverb late Middle English (in the sense ‘waste away, come to nothing’): of unknown origin.
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