\ ˈkwərt How to pronounce quirt (audio) \

Definition of quirt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a riding whip with a short handle and a rawhide lash


quirted; quirting; quirts

Definition of quirt (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to strike or drive with a quirt

Examples of quirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sedate throwing of flowers erupted into a fistfight, a ministampede and people lashed with whips and riding quirts. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "First Battle of Flowers ended in a brawl," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hams are dense unlike chickens and turkeys, so the injections may quirt or flow back out. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Make a Chisesi-style Cajun ham: Inject a little spice into holidays," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of quirt


1845, in the meaning defined above


1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quirt


Mexican Spanish cuarta

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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