General English


  • noun a powerful hit
    Citation ‘His drives were superb, and included one terrific quilt out of the ground’ (Headlam 1903)
  • verb to subject the bowling to aggressive and powerful hitting
    Citation ‘A batsman may be bowled first ball, a bowler may be quilted all over the field, but both can redeem themselves by good fielding’ (Ranjitsinhji 1897)

Origin & History of “quilt”

The ultimate source of quilt is Latin culcita ‘mattress’, which passed into English via Old French cuilte. Its function gradually evolved from that of a mattress for lying on to that of a coverlet for lying under. A long-standing characteristic of such quilts is that their stuffing is held in place by cross-stitching. this does not emerge as a distinct meaning of the verb quilt (‘sew padded cloth in a crisscross pattern’) until the mid-16th century, but it is reflected in the medieval Latin term culcita puncta ‘pricked mattress’ – that is, a mattress that has been stitched. This passed into English via Old French as counterpoint, which was subsequently altered, by association with pane ‘panel’, to counterpane (17th c.).