[ kroch-it ]
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  1. an odd fancy or whimsical notion.

  2. a small hook.

  1. a hooklike device or part.

  2. Entomology. a small, hooklike process.

  3. Music. Chiefly British. a quarter note.

  4. 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

Other words for crotchet

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British Dictionary definitions for crotchet


/ (ˈkrɒtʃɪt) /

  1. music a note having the time value of a quarter of a semibreve: Usual US and Canadian name: quarter note

  2. a small hook or hooklike device

  1. a perverse notion

  2. zoology a small notched or hooked process, as in an insect

Origin of crotchet

C14: from Old French crochet, literally: little hook, from croche hook; see crocket

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