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Origin of quirky

First recorded in 1800–10; quirk + -y1
Related formsquirk·i·ly, adverbquirk·i·ness, noun
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Word Origin and History for quirkiness



1806, "shifty," from quirk + -y (2). Sense of "idiosyncratic" first recorded 1960. Related: Quirkily; quirkiness.

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