[ kwurk ]
/ kwɜrk /



formed with a quirk or channel, as a molding.

Origin of quirk

First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain

Can be confused

quark 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 Forms

quirky, adjectivequirkily, adverbquirkiness, noun

Word Origin for quirk

C16: of unknown origin
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