crotchet

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noun crotch·et \ˈkrä-chət\

Definition of crotchet

  1. 1 obsolete a :  a small hook or hooked instrumentb :  brooch

  2. 2a :  a highly individual and usually eccentric opinion or preferenceb :  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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