Definitions for: Quaker


[n] a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)
[n] one who quakes and trembles with (or as with) fear



Webster (1913) Definition: Quak"er, n.
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, n., 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. (Zo["o]l.)
(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.) See Nux vomica.

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 c[ae]rulea), with pretty four-lobed corollas
which are pale blue with a yellowish center; -- also
called bluets, and little innocents.

Synonyms: Friend, trembler

See Also: Christian, coward, Penn, Quakers, Religious Society of Friends, Society of Friends, William Penn


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