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Webster 1913 Edition


Quaker

Quak′er

,
Noun.
1.
One who quakes.
2.
One of a religious sect founded by George
Fox
, of Leicestershire, England, about 1650, – the members of which call themselves Friends. They were called Quakers, originally, in derision. See
Friend
,
Noun.
, 4.
Fox’s teaching was primarily a preaching of repentance . . . The trembling among the listening crowd caused or confirmed the name of
Quakers
given to the body; men and women sometimes fell down and lay struggling as if for life.
Encyc. Brit.
3.
(Zool.)
(a)
The nankeen bird.
(b)
The sooty albatross.
(c)
Any grasshopper or locust of the genus
Edipoda
; – so called from the quaking noise made during flight.
Quaker buttons
.
(Bot.)
Quaker gun
,
a dummy cannon made of wood or other material; – so called because the sect of Friends, or Quakers, hold to the doctrine, of nonresistance.
Quaker ladies
(Bot.)
,
a low American biennial plant (
Houstonia cærulea
), with pretty four-lobed corollas which are pale blue with a yellowish center; – also called
bluets
, and
little innocents
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Quaker

QUA'KER

,
Noun.
One that quakes; but usually, one of the religious sect called friends. This name, quakers, is said to have been given to the sect in reproach, an account of some agitations which distinguished them; but it is no longer appropriated to them by way of reproach.

Definition 2022


Quaker

Quaker

See also: quaker and Quäker

English

Noun

Quaker (plural Quakers)

  1. (religion) A believer of the Quaker faith and a member of the Society of Friends, known for their pacifist views.
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Etymology 2

Quake + -er

Noun

Quaker (plural Quakers)

  1. (video games) One who plays any Quake games.

quaker

quaker

See also: Quaker and Quäker

Dutch

Noun

quaker m, f (plural quakers, diminutive quakertje n)

  1. Quaker (believer of the Quaker faith)

French

Noun

quaker m (plural quakers, feminine quakeresse)

  1. Quaker (member of the Quaker faith)