crotchet

noun crotch·et \ ˈkrä-chət \

Definition of crotchet

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

Examples of crotchet in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of crotchet

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

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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