\ ˈkwər-kē How to pronounce quirky (audio) \
quirkier; quirkiest

Definition of quirky

: having many quirks : unusual in especially an interesting or appealing way a quirky sense of humor quirky ideas/behavior a quirky and creative artist … the SoHo store known for its modern, often quirky home accessories …— Marianne Rohrlich The result is an extraordinarily fine film, a quieter, more centered vision of Garp's world that loses little of the quirky humor of the original …— Molly Haskell

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quirkily \ ˈkwər-​kə-​lē How to pronounce quirkily (audio) \ adverb
His political ideas, which had seemed quirkily brilliant in the 1900's … — Wilfrid Sheed … he is gregarious and energetic and … enjoys a quirkily methodical, omnivorous turn of mind … — Cullen Murphy
quirkiness \ ˈkwər-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce quirkiness (audio) \ noun
… is gaining international prominence in interior-design circles simply because its content diverges with typically English quirkiness, from that of its competitors. — John Duka

First Known Use of quirky

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Quirky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quirky. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce quirky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of quirky

: unusual especially in an interesting or appealing way


\ ˈkwər-kē \
quirkier; quirkiest

Kids Definition of quirky

: unusual especially in an interesting way

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