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  1. an odd fancy or whimsical notion.
  2. a small hook.
  3. a hooklike device or part.
  4. Entomology. a small, hooklike process.
  5. Music. Chiefly British. a quarter note.
  6. a curved surgical instrument with a sharp hook.

Origin of crotchet

1350–1400; Middle English crochet hook, staff with hook at end < Middle French (see crochet); doublet of crocket

Synonyms for crotchet

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Related Words for crotchet

peculiarity, whim, freak, vagary, trait, fancy, caprice, eccentricity, notion

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Historical Examples of crotchet

  • When the ladies had withdrawn, young Crotchet addressed the company.

    Crotchet Castle

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • From this eventful night, young Crotchet was seen no more on English mould.

    Crotchet Castle

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • Mr. Crotchet told the Reverend Doctor Folliott the news of the morning.

    Crotchet Castle

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • Humor my crotchet just now, and perhaps I may humor yours a month or two hence.

  • Here you have just that kind of crotchet that I am going to deal with.

    Mike Marble

    Uncle Frank

British Dictionary definitions for crotchet


  1. music a note having the time value of a quarter of a semibreveUsual US and Canadian name: quarter note
  2. a small hook or hooklike device
  3. a perverse notion
  4. zoology a small notched or hooked process, as in an insect

Word Origin for crotchet

C14: from Old French crochet, literally: little hook, from croche hook; see crocket
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Word Origin and History for crotchet

late 14c., "crocket," later "small hook" (early 15c.), from Old French crochet (pronounced "crotchet") "hook" (see crochet). As a surgical instrument, from 1750. Figurative use in musical notation is from mid-15c., from the shape of the notes. Meaning "whimsical fancy" is from 1570s; perhaps from the same mechanical image in crank; but other authorities link this sense to the musical notation one.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper