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Quaif(f, Quafe, n. Also: quaif(f)e, quayf(f, kuafe, quaef, queif, quaff. Pl. also quhavis. [Sc. form corresp. to ME (c1290) and e.m.E. coyf(e, coif, etc., OF coife, coiffe: cf. e.m.E. (once) pl. quaives (1621). For the phonology, cf. Quaver n.1 Cf. also Coif, Quoif and Queych.]

1. A coif; a kind of cap, appar. of the skull-cap variety, and as worn by either sex. Women's ‘quaiffs’ were often of costly material, more or less elaborately adorned; the name was appar. applied to caps made both of ordinary woven cloth and of netted or open work. Also nicht-quaiff, Nicht n. (a) Vnum quayff de serico; 1436 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II 139.
For half ane elne of taffatj, to be ane quaif to the king … iiij s.; 1497 Treas. Acc. I 339.
Hir bricht tressis envolupyt war and wond Intil a quayf [E. kuafe, 1553 queif] of fyne gold wyrin threid; Doug. iv iv 19.
For the kingis grace and his bruthir forsaidis, twa elne of goldin hewit taffity to be thame quaiffs; … Item, ane unce of rubey silk to thair quaiffs; 1515 Treas. Acc. V 9.
Clar. iii 955 (see Kell n.1 1).
Sevin quaiffis of claith of siluir cordonit with blak silk and the railyettis of the same; 1561 Inv. Q. Mary 43.
1562 Treas. Acc. XI 230.
1562–3 Ib. 246.
Quaiffis with gold & silk price of the pece xv s. … quaiffis … of net fassioun … quaiffis of hair garneist with perle; 1575 Edinb. Test. III 362.
Huidis, quaiffis; 1578 Inv. Wardrobe 231.
Ane quaiff with a orilyeit of holane claith sewit with crammosie silk; Ib. 232.
Fyve masking quaiffis for the hind heid; fyve litle crownis for the foirheid; Ib. 237.
Ib. 232.
Of quaifis of silk & counterfutes xj price of the pece ourheid xij s., … siluer & goldin quaifis sex price of the pece … xxxij s. iiij d.; 1582 Edinb. Test. X 331b, 332.
Ib. XI 228.
Ane jeit quaif price thairof x s.; 1584 Ib. XIV 134.
1593 Ib. XXV 188.
Inuarte custumes … Quaiffis of gold the dosane … l li. Quaiffis of gold single … xxv li. Quaiffis of silk the dosane … x li. Quaiffis of geit the dosane … vj li; 1597 Bk. Rates 9b.
Ane busking of siluer hewit satyn to hir heid, … ane quaif of siluer to put abone the said busk; 1600 Treas. Acc. MS 67b.
Philotus xxii (see Kell n.1 1).
Thrie ieit quaiffis at xl s. the peice; 1612 Edinb. Test. XLVII 126b.
Sevin littit threid quaifis callit mutches for bairnes; 1613 Ib. 359b.
A shallow quaiffe wes put wpone his majesties head; Balfour Ann. IV 396.
(b) The grysly serpent … sum tyme of hir curche, lap with a waif, Becum the selvage or bordour of hir quafe [v.rr. quayf, quaif]; Doug. vii vi 26.
xxij elnis trasis of blak silk to be sewit upoun lycht quafis of his graces; 1549–50 Treas. Acc. IX 383.
To have gevin my sister and sister dochteris twa goldin quhavis pryce of the peice xx s.; Item, thre wther quhavis of silk boucle [ed. boncle] and perle pryce of the peice xiij s. iiij d.; 1583 Cal. Sc. P. VI 690.
(c) Four yardes of round camrik to be quaefis and crosclloths; 1603 Montgomery Mem. II 247.
For drauing of thri quaefs and crosclloths, iii s.; Ib.
(d) For 2 halff ells and 2 halff quarteris narrow lace for 2 quaffs; 1669 Thanes of Cawdor 321.

2. A cap, of mail, leather or the like, worn under and reinforcing the helmet. Rendering F. coiffe: cf. the similar use of ME and e.m.E. coif in versions of romances. Thy helm of steill And the quaif [F. la coiffe] that is thare vndir; Alex. ii 6025.

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