- a riding whip consisting of a short, stout stock and a lash of braided leather.
- to strike with a quirt.
Origin of quirt
1835–45, Americanism; perhaps < Spanish cuerda cord
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Examples from the Web for quirt
He headed him into the open, laid the quirt to him, and galloped toward the hills.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
Before he could reply, she rose in her stirrups and pointed ahead with her quirt.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
She stood in her saddle habit, with her quirt still in hand.Whispering Smith
Frank H. Spearman
They passed close—so close I could have reached out an' touched 'em with my quirt.Prairie Flowers
James B. Hendryx
Wadley's quirt burned the flank of the cow-pony and it leaped for the road.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
- a whip with a leather thong at one end
- to strike with a quirt
C19: from Spanish cuerda cord
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Word Origin and History for quirt
"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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