adjective, quirk·i·er, quirk·i·est.

having or full of quirks.

Origin of quirky

First recorded in 1800–10; quirk + -y1
Related formsquirk·i·ly, adverbquirk·i·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of quirky

Historical Examples of quirky

  • Miss Hampton comes back at him with that quirky smile of hers.

  • Without a word Bud took him, but the quirky smile hid at the corners of his mouth, and under Cash's beard still lurked the grin.

    Cabin Fever

    B. M. Bower

  • She snagged a piano and pounded out barrelhouse runs in quirky time as I carried the main thread of the movement on a cello.

Word Origin and History for quirky

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper