What does quirk mean?

Definitions for quirk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oddity, queerness, quirk, quirkiness, crotchetnoun

    a strange attitude or habit

  2. quirkverb

    a narrow groove beside a beading

  3. quirkverb

    twist or curve abruptly

    "She quirked her head in a peculiar way"


  1. quirknoun

    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. quirknoun

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

  3. quirknoun

    A quibble, evasion, or subterfuge.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Quirknoun

    I’ve felt so many quirks of joy and grief,
    That the first face of neither on the start,
    Can woman me unto’t. William Shakespeare.

    Some kind of men quarrel purposely on others to taste their valour; belike, this is a man of that quirk. William Shakespeare.

    I may chance to have some odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on me. William Shakespeare.

    Conceits, puns, quirks or quibbles, jests and repartees may agreeably entertain, but have no place in the search after truth. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    Most fortunately he hath atchiev’d a maid,
    That paragons description and wild fame,
    One that excels the quirks of blazoning pens. William Shakespeare.

    Let a lawyer tell them he has spied some defect in an entail; how solicitous are they to repair that error, and leave nothing to the mercy of a law quirk? Decay of Piety.

    Ply her with love letters and billets,
    And bait them well for quirks and quillets. Hudibras.

    There are a thousand quirks to avoid the stroke of the law. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    Now the chappel’s silver bell you hear,
    That summons you to all the pride of pray’r;
    Light quirks of musick, broken and uneven. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quirknoun

    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. Quirknoun

    a fit or turn; a short paroxysm; a caprice

  3. Quirknoun

    a smart retort; a quibble; a shallow conceit

  4. Quirknoun

    an irregular air; as, light quirks of music

  5. Quirknoun

    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. Quirknoun

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

  7. Etymology: [Cf. W. chwiori to turn briskly, or E. queer.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quirk

    kwėrk, n. a quick turn: an artful evasion: a quibble: a taunt or retort: a slight conceit: inclination, turn: fantastic phrase: (archit.) an acute angle or recess.—v.i. to turn sharply.—v.t. to twist or turn: to furnish with a quirk or channel.—adjs. Quirk′ish, consisting of quirks; Quirk′y, abounding in quirks. [Skeat explains as prob. for obs. Eng. quirt, to turn; from W. chwired, a piece of craft, from chwiori, to turn briskly; cf. Gael. cuireid, a turn.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. QUIRK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Quirk is ranked #5443 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Quirk surname appeared 6,392 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Quirk.

    94.9% or 6,066 total occurrences were White.
    2.3% or 149 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 91 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 43 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 31 total occurrences were Black.
    0.1% or 12 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quirk in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quirk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of quirk in a Sentence

  1. Los Angeles-based lawyer Julian Chan:

    Ms. Spears conservatorship seems to have an odd quirk, while established to protect her from herself, it appears from news reports that she actively parents her children. In other words, someone is deciding she is fit enough to parent but not take care of herself.

  2. Bruce Wells:

    My hunch on the Ditka quote is that it comes from a quirk of the King James translation, ancient Hebrew had a particular way of saying things like, 'and the next thing that happened was...' The King James translators of the Old Testament consistently rendered this as 'and it came to pass.' ''When phantom Bible passages turn dangerousPeople may get verses wrong, but they also mangle plenty of well-known biblical stories as well.Two examples: The scripture never says a whale swallowed Jonah, the Old Testament prophet, nor did any New Testament passages say that three wise men visited baby Jesus, scholars say.Those details may seem minor, but scholars say one popular phantom Bible story stands above the rest: The Genesis story about the fall of humanity.Most people know the popular version - Satan in the guise of a serpent tempts Eve to pick the forbidden apple from the Tree of Life. It's been downhill ever since.But the story in the book of Genesis never places Satan in the Garden of Eden.

  3. Marco Rubio:

    I will always have tremendous affection and respect for him despite the fact that -- because of a weird quirk of fate -- we ended up running for the same office at the same time, i did not run for president to stop Jeb Bush. I ran for president because I believe that America's greatest days lie ahead if we do what needs to be done right now in 2016.

  4. Alfred Neugut:

    Whatever trait it is in you, whatever your personal quirk is that makes you obsessive compulsive or sloppy about your pill taking, that holds true for your chronic disease pills or oncology pills.

  5. Matthias Maurer:

    Everyone of us has a quirk which we are comfortable with but which can annoy others, if he hadn't said that so politely and clearly, I would have continually annoyed him.

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