Quirk



[kwurk] /kwɜrk/

noun
1.
a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism:
He is full of strange quirks.
2.
a shift, subterfuge, or evasion; quibble.
3.
a sudden twist or turn:
He lost his money by a quirk of fate.
4.
a flourish or showy stroke, as in writing.
5.
Architecture.

6.
Obsolete. a clever or witty remark; quip.
adjective
7.
formed with a quirk or channel, as a molding.
/kwɜːk/
noun
1.
an individual peculiarity of character; mannerism or foible
2.
an unexpected twist or turn: a quirk of fate
3.
a continuous groove in an architectural moulding
4.
a flourish, as in handwriting
n.

1560s, “quibble, evasion,” of unknown origin, perhaps connected to German quer (see queer (adj.)) via notion of twisting and slanting; but its earliest appearance in western England dialect seems to argue against this source. Perhaps originally a technical term for a twist or flourish in weaving. Sense of “peculiarity” is c.1600.

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