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

verb (used with object)

to strike with a quirt.

Nearby words

  1. quirinal,
  2. quirinus,
  3. quirites,
  4. quirk,
  5. quirky,
  6. quis custodiet ipsos custodes?,
  7. quis separabit?,
  8. quisling,
  9. quisling, vidkun,
  10. quist

Origin of quirt

1835–45, Americanism; perhaps < Spanish cuerda cord

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British Dictionary definitions for quirt



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



"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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