quirk

noun
\ ˈkwərk How to pronounce quirk (audio) \

Definition of quirk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an abrupt twist or curve
b : a peculiar trait : idiosyncrasy
c : accident, vagary a quirk of fate
2 : a groove separating a bead or other molding from adjoining members

quirk

verb
quirked; quirking; quirks

Definition of quirk (Entry 2 of 2)

: curve, twist quirked his eyebrows

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Other Words from quirk

Noun

quirkish \ ˈkwər-​kish How to pronounce quirkish (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

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.

Examples of quirk in a Sentence

Noun

Everyone has their little quirks. wearing red shoes every day is just one of her quirks

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to a spectacular view and A+ reviews, this Galway castle Airbnb boasts plenty of quirks, including several winding staircases, sheep and cows in the field nearby, and (of course) a turret. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Castle Airbnb in Ireland Looks Like It's Straight Out of Game of Thrones," 15 May 2019 Though popular memory largely places Furbys in the late ’90s and early aughts, a nostalgia object with a bunch of odd quirks, Furbys are actually a continuing source of revenue for a company in the ever-fluctuating toy industry. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Every Furby gets a home," 21 Dec. 2018 Each brought a special joy, an irreducible quirk, a unique, surprising eccentricity. Mark Oppenheimer, WSJ, "Yes, We Really Do Want to Have a Fifth Child," 24 Aug. 2018 Pigs come with their own unique set of needs, behaviors, and quirks, which, for many new enthusiastic owners, comes as a big surprise. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "8 Things You Should Know Before Adopting a Mini Pig," 12 July 2018 The bad: The system’s biggest quirk, a below-the-screen webcam, remains. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "CNET: Best Laptops For Maintaining Your Privacy," 5 July 2018 The quirks of Beaton’s personality — his cultivation of enemies and frustrated romanticism, among them — are finally not as interesting as his work. New York Times, "Review: In ‘Love, Cecil,’ an Aesthete Ahead of His Time," 28 June 2018 The Marlins lost 6-5 to the Giants not because of Urena's hitting and running quirks, though. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Marlins and Giants play nice. But it's Giants who come out smiling.," 20 June 2018 Yet records of the case remained available to the public because of a bureaucratic quirk: Sauter moved from Orange County, where the charge was originally brought, to Los Angeles County, causing some documents to be filed there, too. Simone Foxman, Bloomberg.com, "Iconiq Fires Manager Over Old Sex Charge," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of quirk

Noun

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quirk

Noun

origin unknown

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quirk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quirk

: an unusual habit or way of behaving
: something strange that happens by chance

quirk

noun
\ ˈkwərk How to pronounce quirk (audio) \

Kids Definition of quirk

1 : an odd or unusual characteristic or habit
2 : something strange that happens by chance Their meeting was a quirk of fate.

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