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

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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 At trial, jurors heard detailed testimony of the numerous stab wounds inflicted on Bradley by a power drill, a crotchet hook, a butcher knife and jumper cables. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Hennepin County jury convicts 67-year-old in murder of Minneapolis landlord, friend," 9 Sep. 2020 The origins of brackets — once referred to as crotchets, crooks, or hooks — are a mystery. Sarah Fay, Longreads, "On Solitude (and Isolation and Loneliness [and Brackets])," 17 Mar. 2020 This includes cross-stitch, drawing, card making, crotchet, origami, scrapbooking and watercolor. Ale Russian,, "Felicity Huffman's Life in Prison: From 5 a.m. Wake Up Calls to Weekend Family Visits," 16 Oct. 2019 Among his other crotchets was an aversion to bare canvas. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Vulnerable Ferocity of Chaim Soutine," 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, "How a Villa on the Riviera Became the Year-Round Playground of the Superrich," 11 Oct. 2017

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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

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

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“Crotchet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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