[ kwurt ]
/ kwɜrt /


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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British Dictionary definitions for quirt

/ (kwɜːt) US and Southern African /


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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