quirkier; quirkiest
: 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
quirkily 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 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

Examples of quirky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Charlotte Regan, this quirky slice of life seeks to subvert nearly every expectation set up by what was once called kitchen-sink drama, with its monochrome palette and hangdog naturalism. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2023 The band appears to be having fun in the video, from quirky dances and warm embraces with each other to plenty of head-bobbing to the disco-sounding track with a funky bassline. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 17 Sep. 2023 But there’s a lot of things going on musically in it — quirky jam-band moments to, like, prog rock. Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023 These are among the quirky experiences being offered on eBay as part of an auction created in an effort to support ongoing labor movements within the entertainment industry. Angela Yang, NBC News, 14 Sep. 2023 Arguably the most accomplished and enjoyable film so far for filmmaking brothers Bill and Turner Ross (the siblings behind Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets and Western), Gasoline Rainbow pays homage to all the road movies that ever were but is still its own quirky thing, uniquely of its time. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Sep. 2023 Yonder Escalante Airstreams, cabins, campsites, drive-in theater, a pool, and other quirky comforts make this 20-acre resort a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience in southern Utah’s Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Today’s Paper | Subscribe Explore the Animal Kingdom A selection of quirky, intriguing and surprising discoveries about animal life. Emily Anthes, New York Times, 4 Sep. 2023 When their seemingly perfect plan collides with a whirlwind of family issues, a mom’s new boyfriend, and a parade of ex-lovers, chaos ensues, leaving audiences in stitches while empathizing with the relatable challenges faced by this lovable and quirky family. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quirky was in 1873

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“Quirky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quirky. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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