crotch·​et | \ ˈkrä-chət How to pronounce crotchet (audio) \

Definition of crotchet

1 obsolete
a : a small hook or hooked instrument
b : brooch
2a : a highly individual and usually eccentric opinion or preference
b : a peculiar trick or device

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of crotchet in a Sentence

her one crotchet is a fondness for eating cookies while soaking in the tub
Recent Examples on the Web The origins of brackets — once referred to as crotchets, crooks, or hooks — are a mystery. Sarah Fay, Longreads, 17 Mar. 2020 Among his other crotchets was an aversion to bare canvas. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 7 May 2018 Maxine attended to his every whim and crotchet, never lost faith in his brilliance or potential, and delighted in surrounding him with exactly the sort of frivolous company his wife abhorred. Sadie Stein, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'crotchet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of crotchet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for crotchet

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

Learn More About crotchet

Time Traveler for crotchet

Time Traveler

The first known use of crotchet was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near crotchet

crotch chain



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for crotchet

Cite this Entry

“Crotchet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on crotchet

Britannica English: Translation of crotchet for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Color

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!