[ kwurk ]
/ kwɜrk /



formed with a quirk or channel, as a molding.

Origin of quirk

First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain
Can be confusedquark quirk
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British Dictionary definitions for quirk


/ (kwɜːk) /


an individual peculiarity of character; mannerism or foible
an unexpected twist or turna quirk of fate
a continuous groove in an architectural moulding
a flourish, as in handwriting
Derived Formsquirky, adjectivequirkily, adverbquirkiness, noun

Word Origin for quirk

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for quirk



1560s, "quibble, evasion," of unknown origin, perhaps connected to German quer (see queer (adj.)) via notion of twisting and slanting; but its earliest appearance in western England dialect seems to argue against this source. Perhaps originally a technical term for a twist or flourish in weaving. Sense of "peculiarity" is c.1600.

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