quirt

[ kwurt ]
/ kwɜrt /
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noun

a riding whip consisting of a short, stout stock and a lash of braided leather.

verb (used with object)

to strike with a quirt.

Origin of quirt

1835–45, Americanism; perhaps < Spanish cuerda cord
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quirt

/ (kwɜːt) US and Southern African /

noun

a whip with a leather thong at one end

verb (tr)

to strike with a quirt

Word Origin for quirt

C19: from Spanish cuerda cord
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Word Origin and History for quirt

quirt


n.

"short-handled braided leather riding whip," 1845, from Mexican Spanish cuarta "rope," related to Spanish cuerda "rope," from Latin corda (see cord (n.)).

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