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quirk

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noun \ˈkwərk\

Definition of quirk

  1. 1a :  an abrupt twist or curveb :  a peculiar trait :  idiosyncrasyc :  accident, vagary a quirk of fate

  2. 2 :  a groove separating a bead or other molding from adjoining members

quirkily

play \ˈkwər-kə-lē\ adverb

quirkiness

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quirkish

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quirky

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Examples of quirk in a Sentence

  1. Everyone has their little quirks.

  2. wearing red shoes every day is just one of her quirks

Origin and Etymology of quirk

origin unknown


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quirk

verb

Definition of quirk

  1. :  curve, twist quirked his eyebrows

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.

First Known Use of quirk

1878


QUIRK Defined for English Language Learners

quirk

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noun

Definition of quirk for English Language Learners

  • : an unusual habit or way of behaving

  • : something strange that happens by chance


QUIRK Defined for Kids

quirk

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noun \ˈkwərk\

Definition of quirk for Students

  1. 1 :  an odd or unusual characteristic or habit

  2. 2 :  something strange that happens by chance Their meeting was a quirk of fate.



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