Definition of Quaker

1. Noun. A member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers).

Exact synonyms: Friend
Group relationships: Quakers, Religious Society Of Friends, Society Of Friends
Generic synonyms: Christian
Specialized synonyms: Penn, William Penn

2. Noun. One who quakes and trembles with (or as with) fear.
Exact synonyms: Trembler
Generic synonyms: Coward
Derivative terms: Quake, Tremble

Definition of Quaker

1. n. One who quakes.

Definition of Quaker

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

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Definition of Quaker

1. one that quakes [n -S] - See also: quakes

Medical Definition of Quaker

1. 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. "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. The nankeen bird. The sooty albatross. Any grasshopper or locust of the genus (Edipoda; so called from the quaking noise made during flight. Quaker buttons. A low American biennial plant (Houstonia caerulea), with pretty four-lobed corollas which are pale blue with a yellowish center; also called bluets, and little innocents. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Quaker

quake in one's boots
quake lake
quake lakes
quaker (current term)
quaking aspen

Literary usage of Quaker

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1866)
"AG DICKINSON, л. AG AFFIDAVIT OF LT GATEWOOD. 1 testify that, when on the point of starting with his forces for the quaker road, with JB Sweeney as a guide, ..."

2. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1909)
"The Dipper Plung'd, or Thomas Hicks his Feigned Dialogue between a Christian and a quaker proved an Unchristian Forgery consisting of Self- contradictions ..."

3. The History of the United States of America by Richard Hildreth (1880)
"To bring a " known quaker" into the colony was made punishable ... The quaker himself was to be whipped twenty stripes, sent to the house of correction, ..."

4. English Colonies in America by John Andrew Doyle (1907)
"The individual quaker might find it hard to adapt himself to an ... We are wont when quaker colonization is mentioned to think exclusively of Pennsylvania. ..."

5. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1857)
"A quaker BARGAIN. The Boston Post relates an anecdote of a mercantile transaction, which is hardly in keeping with the general character of that ..."

6. Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science by Johns Hopkins University (1896)
"The first committee to oversee the press—a quaker Index ... This committee was changed from time to time, but was a regular part of quaker economy. ..."

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