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Examples of quirk in a Sentence
Everyone has their little quirks.
wearing red shoes every day is just one of her quirks
Recent Examples of quirk from the Web
Cowboys fans are hoping the quirks of the schedule continue working for them.
By a quirk of life, St. Joseph’s men coach Phil Martelli, whose team is playing against St. John’s Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun, was here.
The obvious quirk of football fate here is the Patriots are a great team during the stretch while the Bills have been a step below the Dolphins.
At the time, that meant getting used to a few Canadian quirks.
The Kansas football team will end next year’s regular season on a Friday, a quirk announced as part of the team’s 2018 schedule that was released Thursday morning.
August's moderation in employment growth, which pushed payroll gains below the 176,000 monthly average for this year likely reflects a seasonal quirk.
Touring the set for a final time, the characters' quirks are evident in the environment.
The Mullica Hill resident was born with a genetic quirk that impaired his ability to convert folic acid into the form that is needed to metabolize the neurotransmitter serotonin.
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Origin and Etymology of quirk
First Known Use: 1565See Words from the same year
Synonymscrotchet, curiosity, eccentricity, erraticism, individualism, kink, mannerism, oddity, peculiarity, quiddity, quip, idiosyncrasy, singularity, tic, trick, twist
Related Wordsaffectation, airs; attribute, characteristic, mark, property, trait; custom, habit, pattern, practice (also practise), way, wont; addiction; abnormality, neuroticism, perversion, weirdness; disposition, genius, leaning, partiality; bent, inclination, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, tendency, turn; attitude, character, humor, identity, individuality, nature, personality, temperament
Near Antonymsconformity, sameness
Did You Know?
Did you expect quirk to be a noun meaning "a peculiarity of action or behavior"? If so, you're probably not alone; the "peculiarity" sense of the noun quirk is commonly known and has been a part of our language since the 17th century. But quirk has long worn other hats in English, too. The sense meaning "a curve, turn, or twist" has named everything from curving pen marks on paper (i.e., flourishes) to witty turns of phrase to the vagaries or twists of fate. In contemporary English, the verb quirk is most often used in referring to facial expressions, especially those that involve crooked smiles or furrowed eyebrows.
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