Quail vs Colin - What's the difference?
As a proper noun quail
As a noun colin is
Origin uncertain; perhaps related to (etyl) queilen.
* (l) (obsolete)
To waste away; to fade, wither.
* 1978 , (Lawrence Durrell), Livia , Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 358:
To lose heart or courage; to be daunted, fearful.
- To tell the truth the prospect rather quailed him – wandering about in the gloomy corridors of a nunnery.
* 1886 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), (Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde):
- Stouter hearts than a woman's have quailed in this terrible winter.
* 1949 , (George Orwell), Nineteen Eighty-Four , p. 25:
- Mr. Utterson had already quailed at the name of Hyde; but when the stick was laid before him, he could doubt no longer; broken and battered as it was, he recognized it for one that he had himself presented many years before to Henry Jekyll.
To slacken, give way (of courage, faith etc.).
- His heart quailed before the enormous pyramidal shape.
From (etyl) ).
Any of various small game birds of the genera Coturnix'', ''Anurophasis'' or ''Perdicula in the Old World family Phasianidae or of the New World family Odontophoridae.
(obsolete) A prostitute; so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird.
* common quail
) coaillier, (etyl
) cailler, from (etyl
) coagulare. See coagulate.
) ( plural Colins
* : VI:x:16:
* 1992 Howard B. Means, Colin Powell , Donald J. Fine (1992), ISBN 1556113358, page 49:
- That iolly shepheard, which there piped, was / Poore Colin' Clout (who knowes not ' Colin Clout?)
- "My parents," Powell wrote, "were British subjects, and they named me Colin' (KAH-lin). Being British, they knew very well how the name was supposed to be pronounced. But when I was a young boy, there was a famous American World War II hero whose name became very popular in the streets of New York City. He was Capt. ' Colin P. Kelly Jr. He was called KOH-lin. My friends in the streets of the South Bronx, who heard Captain Kelly's name pronounced in the radio and by their parents and other adults, began to refer to me by the same pronunciation.
* Popular given name in the U.K. in the mid-twentieth century.