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quirk

[ kwurk ]

noun

  1. a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism:

    He is full of strange quirks.

  2. a shift, subterfuge, or evasion; quibble.
  3. a sudden twist or turn:

    He lost his money by a quirk of fate.

  4. a flourish or showy stroke, as in writing.
  5. Architecture.
    1. an acute angle or channel, as one dividing two parts of a molding or one dividing a flush bead from the adjoining surfaces.
    2. an area taken from a larger area, as a room or a plot of ground.
    3. an enclosure for this area.
  6. Obsolete. a clever or witty remark; quip.


adjective

  1. formed with a quirk or channel, as a molding.

quirk

/ kwɜːk /

noun

  1. an individual peculiarity of character; mannerism or foible
  2. an unexpected twist or turn

    a quirk of fate

  3. a continuous groove in an architectural moulding
  4. a flourish, as in handwriting


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Derived Forms

  • ˈquirkily, adverb
  • ˈquirkiness, noun
  • ˈquirky, adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of quirk1

First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain
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Word History and Origins

Origin of quirk1

C16: of unknown origin
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Example Sentences

Faced with the quirk of playing in Tampa Bay’s home stadium, they looked like a road team.

This can cause quirks, so try setting it up on one smartphone before you bring in other people.

Humans, with all our quirks and biases, choose what experiment to conduct in the first place, and how to do it.

The company has succeeded by exploiting a regulatory quirk to create a virtual monopoly in publicly-traded shares of cryptocurrency.

From Fortune

Baikal seals are fans of bite-sized portions, and this dietary quirk may be why the seals are thriving.

And that luxury may be a quirk of America, or at least white America.

Familiarity with search-engines helps, a strange quirk of working in this retro medium.

Each member of the Bad News Bears of a team Terry ends up coaching has what should be a chuckle-worthy quirk.

Mental illness—real OCD, for example—is only a far far distant cousin of the cute personality quirk.

Enormously Oversized Rhinestone Earrings J. Crew is revered for its ability quirk up standby classics.

"This was a real horse on a real flight to the winning-post," added Crozier, with a quirk at the corner of his mouth.

It was the familiar voice he had often tried to place, but Floyd knew nobody named Quirk.

She set herself to the purpose of making Mrs. Quirk happy, devising a hundred means to accomplish this.

This Kathleen knew well, and she encouraged Mrs. Quirk to admire the flowers and other decorations.

"If I knew the man that had done it, sure I would make it quite unpleasant for him," said Mrs. Quirk.

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