quirt

1 of 2

noun

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

quirt

2 of 2

verb

quirted; quirting; quirts

transitive verb

: to strike or drive with a quirt

Examples of quirt in a Sentence

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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, 26 Apr. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Mexican Spanish cuarta

First Known Use

Noun

1845, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quirt was in 1845

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“Quirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quirt. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

quirt

noun
ˈkwərt
: a riding whip with a short handle and a rawhide tip

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