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[kwur-kee] /ˈkwɜr ki/
adjective, quirkier, quirkiest.
having or full of quirks.
Origin of quirky
First recorded in 1800-10; quirk + -y1
Related forms
quirkily, adverb
quirkiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Miss Hampton comes back at him with that quirky smile of hers.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • Without a word Bud took him, but the quirky smile hid at the corners of his mouth, and under Cash's beard still lurked the grin.

    Cabin Fever B. M. Bower
  • She snagged a piano and pounded out barrelhouse runs in quirky time as I carried the main thread of the movement on a cello.

Word Origin and History for quirky

1806, "shifty," from quirk + -y (2). Sense of "idiosyncratic" first recorded 1960. Related: Quirkily; quirkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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