AskDefine | Define quid

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1 the basic unit of money in Great Britain; equal to 100 pence [syn: British pound, pound, pound sterling]
2 something for something; that which a party receives (or is promised) in return for something he does or gives or promises [syn: quid pro quo]
3 a wad of something chewable as tobacco [syn: chew, chaw, cud, plug, wad]

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  • /kwɪd/
    Rhymes with: -ɪd

Etymology 1

From quid, neuter singular of quis.


  1. The inherent nature of something.
  2. In the context of "US|historical": A section of the Republican Party between 1805 and 1811 (from tertium quid).

Etymology 2

Origin unknown.


  1. A sovereign or guinea.
  2. In the context of "UK|colloquial": Pound sterling.
    Twenty quid for a sandwich? You're having a laugh!
  3. In the context of "Australia|colloquial": pound
  4. In the context of "Ireland|colloquial": pound, punt, euro

Derived terms

Etymology 3

Variant of cud.


  1. A piece of chewing tobacco.


  1. To chew tobacco
  2. In the context of "of a horse": To let food drop from the mouth whilst chewing


From quid.


  1. what about
    'Quid de la transparence du programme ?


  • Qu'en est-il de...
  • Qu'est-il advenu de...



  1. why
  2. what

Derived terms


  1. .
    Quid dico?
    What do I say?




  1. gist; point; crux

Extensive Definition

Quid has various meanings:


quid in German: Quid
quid in Swedish: Quid

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

axiom, bawbee, bite, bolus, cavendish, center, champ, chaw, chew, chewing tobacco, chomp, core, crown, cud, cut plug, dollar, eating tobacco, elixir, essence, essential, farthing, fid, fiver, florin, flower, focus, fourpence, fourpenny, fundamental, gist, gnash, gob, gravamen, groat, guinea, half crown, half dollar, halfpenny, heart, hypostasis, inner essence, kernel, mag, marrow, meat, meg, mite, monkey, morsel, mouthful, munch, navy, navy plug, new pence, nibble, nip, np, nub, nucleus, nuts and bolts, p, pence, penny, pigtail, pith, pony, postulate, pound, principle, quiddity, quintessence, sap, shilling, sixpence, snap, soul, spirit, stuff, substance, swallow, tenner, the nitty-gritty, threepence, threepenny bit, thrippence, tobacco juice, tuppence, twist, twopence
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