Definition of quote — unquote (also quote, unquote) in English:

quote — unquote (also quote, unquote)

phrase

informal
  • Used parenthetically when speaking to indicate the beginning and end of a statement or passage that one is repeating.

    ‘the second sentence says, quote, There has never been a better time to invest in the commodities market, unquote’
    ‘the brochure describes the view as, quote, unquote, unforgettably breathtaking’
    • ‘But when you're the editor of a magazine at a convention full of quote healers unquote, people will trip over themselves trying to show you how their particular shtick will make you feel better.’