formed with a quirk or channel, as a molding.

Origin of quirk

First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain
Can be confusedquark quirk

Synonyms for quirk

1. See eccentricity.
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Contemporary Examples of quirk

Historical Examples of quirk

  • There was the quirk in her brain; we all have a quirk somewhere, and that was hers.

  • I've thought of every possibility, every possible crook and quirk of this business.

    No Clue

    James Hay

  • Prove that, Mr. Quirk, and you need trouble yourself no more!

  • I've had very little to do with them; Quirk, Gammon, and Snap—these are the people, eh?

  • Through his thoughts a quirk of memory ran like a tongue of flame.


    Joseph Hergesheimer

British Dictionary definitions for quirk



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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