adjective, quirk·i·er, quirk·i·est.
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What does quirky mean?
Quirky describes something that has or is full of quirks, which are odd or unusual qualities.
Usually, a person is described as quirky when they behave in a way or have qualities that are unique to them or that set them apart from others. Things are described as quirky when they have odd qualities. A quirky house, for example, might be painted fluorescent colors or have an odd shape.
- Because Janet dyes her hair bright green and wears roller skates more than shoes, people think of her as quirky.
- The painting’s irregular shapes and vivid colors give it a quirky feel.
Where does quirky come from?
The first records of quirky come from about 1800. It is an adjective form of the older word quirk, whose origin is uncertain.
If something is quirky, it has quirks. A quirk is a mannerism or characteristic that is considered peculiar or unusual. Someone or something that is quirky has a lot of quirks or acts in a way that is considered different or odd. A dog described as quirky might behave in a way that’s unexpected, especially for its particular breed—like a hound that’s afraid of squirrels.
Nonliving things that are described as quirky don’t follow the intended design or are obviously different compared to other members of a group or category. Rainbow-colored socks, for example, are a quirky fashion choice that stand out from plainer socks people usually buy.
When it comes to people, though, quirkiness is often determined based on what is considered “normal” or “average” in a given place. A tourist or foreign visitor may be called quirky even if they are acting in a way that is considered normal in the place they come from.
At the same time, certain behaviors or actions are considered quirky because most people don’t usually act a certain way: A person who wears their pants on their head would be considered quirky because that is a behavior almost everybody would consider odd or unusual.
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What are some other forms related to quirky?
- quirkier (adjective)
- quirkiest (adjective)
- quirkiness (noun)
- quirkily (adverb)
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How is quirky used in real life?
Quirky is used to describe things or people that are unusual or odd.
I love Zooey deschanel 💖 she is so quirky and cute !!
— Ches (@chesleykt) July 10, 2013
the older i get, the more i realise that I’m just everyone’s quirky sidekick
— corrine✨ (@corrinelakat) May 26, 2020
Not sure if pregnancy has warped my fashion sense. I like some strange stuff right now. I am now the owner of a quirky jacket.
— Tas (@NotMyYearOff) July 29, 2015
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Is quirky used correctly in the following sentence?
People think of my cat as quirky just because he befriends mice and dogs.
Example sentences from the Web for quirky
That price point also puts it in direct competition with Fujifilm’s quirky-but-powerful X-Pro3.Sony built a tiny mirrorless camera with a full-frame sensor inside|Stan Horaczek|September 16, 2020|Popular Science
Flip through the pages of Apple Daily these days and you’ll find it studded with quirky advertisements both large and small, some covering entire pages and others barely the size of a matchbox, tucked away in the classifieds section.In Hong Kong, people are buying newspapers to look at the ads|Mary Hui|September 8, 2020|Quartz
As she settles into her college flat, she dives into the quirky and diverse world of biohacking, while her tragic past and her secret connection to star professor Lorenz are slowly revealed through flashbacks.Stream or Skip? A Synthetic Biologist’s Review of ‘Biohackers’ on Netflix|Elsa Sotiriadis|September 2, 2020|Singularity Hub
It is a city with much to offer – an excellent dining scene, quirky and eclectic nightlife, a vibrant arts scene, multiple professional sports teams, and a warm, and welcoming spirit.
It is a quirky, eclectic, and progressive arts neighborhood full of creative individuals.
You remember that girl, the one who was so quirky and talented.
She started out as a quirky brunette with a dream, a girl from Dallas who wanted us to love her.
The quirky chapter on extraterrestrial life is set at Los Angeles International Airport.Pope Francis Asked ‘Would You Baptize an Alien?’ Here’s the Answer.|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But what about the eloquent, book smart, interesting, quirky, inquisitive black woman, you ask?Lifetime’s ‘Girlfriend Intervention’: The Fairy Black Mothers TV Doesn’t Need|Phoebe Robinson|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ladies score the leading roles while the men are left to portray quirky, comedic (and mostly undesirable) characters.
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.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow
And those quirky, idle noises this pen makes are delightful, and would break your easy fluency with wit.Certain Personal Matters|H. G. Wells
Miss Hampton comes back at him with that quirky smile of hers.Torchy, Private Sec.|Sewell Ford