Word of the Day Archive
Thursday November 8, 2012
1. A piece of something to be chewed but not swallowed.
2. One pound sterling.
Julius took the twist, wiped off his mouth with a loose male grin, and crammed a large quid into his cheek.
-- Thomas Wolfe, O Lost: A Story of the Buried Life
When he'd lost, he'd chew on his quid and spit in all directions . .
-- Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Death on the Installment Plan
Quid is a dialectal variant of the same word in Middle English that leads to cud, the stuff that cows chew.