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crotchet

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noun crotch·et \ˈkrä-chət\

Definition of crotchet

  1. 1 obsolete a :  a small hook or hooked instrument b :  brooch

  2. 2 a :  a highly individual and usually eccentric opinion or preference b :  a peculiar trick or device

  3. 3 :  quarter note



Examples of crotchet in a sentence

  1. <her one crotchet is a fondness for eating cookies while soaking in the tub>



Origin and Etymology of crotchet

Middle English crochet, from Anglo-French crochet, croket — more at crocket


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of crotchet

caprice, whim, vagary, crotchet mean an irrational or unpredictable idea or desire. caprice stresses lack of apparent motivation and suggests willfulness <by sheer caprice she quit her job>. whim implies a fantastic, capricious turn of mind or inclination <an odd antique that was bought on a whim>. vagary stresses the erratic, irresponsible character of the notion or desire <he had been prone to strange vagaries>. crotchet implies an eccentric opinion or preference <a serious scientist equally known for his bizarre crotchets>.

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