Definitions for quirk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism.

  2. caprice; vagary; accident:

    a quirk of fate.

  3. a showy stroke, as in writing.

  4. an acute angle or channel, as one dividing two parts of a molding.

    Category: Architecture

  5. (adj.)formed with a quirk or channel, as a molding.

    Category: Architecture

* Syn: See eccentricity.

Origin of quirk:

1540–50; orig. uncert.

quirk′y(adj.)quirk•i•er, quirk•i•est.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. oddity, queerness, quirk, quirkiness, crotchet(noun)

    a strange attitude or habit

  2. quirk(verb)

    a narrow groove beside a beading

  3. quirk(verb)

    twist or curve abruptly

    "She quirked her head in a peculiar way"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. quirk(noun)ˈɝk

    a strange habit

    an eccentric man with many quirks

  2. quirkˈɝk

    sth strange that happens, often by chance

    a quirk of fate


  1. quirk(Noun)

    an idiosyncrasy; a slight glitch, mannerism; something unusual about the manner or style of something or someone

    The car steers cleanly, but the gearshift has a few quirks.

  2. quirk(Noun)

    An acute angle dividing a molding; a groove that runs lengthwise between the upper part of a moulding and a soffit

  3. quirk(Noun)

    A quibble, evasion, or subterfuge.

  4. Origin: First attested in the 1540s. Of uncertain origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quirk(noun)

    a sudden turn; a starting from the point or line; hence, an artful evasion or subterfuge; a shift; a quibble; as, the quirks of a pettifogger

  2. Quirk(noun)

    a fit or turn; a short paroxysm; a caprice

  3. Quirk(noun)

    a smart retort; a quibble; a shallow conceit

  4. Quirk(noun)

    an irregular air; as, light quirks of music

  5. Quirk(noun)

    a piece of ground taken out of any regular ground plot or floor, so as to make a court, yard, etc.; -- sometimes written quink

  6. Quirk(noun)

    a small channel, deeply recessed in proportion to its width, used to insulate and give relief to a convex rounded molding

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a strange or unusual feature of a person's behaviour etc.

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