quirt

noun
\ ˈkwərt How to pronounce quirt (audio) \

Definition of quirt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

quirt

verb
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

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First Known Use of quirt

Noun

1845, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quirt

Noun

Mexican Spanish cuarta

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“Quirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quirt. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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