Qui'ddity. n.s. [quidditas, low Latin.]
- Essence; that which is a proper answer to the question, quid est? a scholastick term.
He could reduce all things to acts,
And knew their natures and abstracts,
Where entity and quiddity,
The ghosts of defunct bodies fly. Hudibras, p. i.
- A trifling nicety; a cavil; a captious question.
Misnomer in our laws, and other quiddities, I leave to the professors of law. Camden's Remains.