Quirk Quirk (kw[~e]rk), n. [Written also {querk}.] [Cf. W. chwiori to turn briskly, or E. queer.] 1. 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. ``Some quirk or . . . evasion.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

We ground the justification of our nonconformity on dark subtilties and intricate quirks. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

2. A fit or turn; a short paroxysm; a caprice. [Obs.] ``Quirks of joy and grief.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A smart retort; a quibble; a shallow conceit. [1913 Webster]

Some odd quirks and remnants of wit. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. An irregular air; as, light quirks of music. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

5. (Building) A piece of ground taken out of any regular ground plot or floor, so as to make a court, yard, etc.; -- sometimes written quink. --Gwilt. [1913 Webster]

6. (Arch.) A small channel, deeply recessed in proportion to its width, used to insulate and give relief to a convex rounded molding. [1913 Webster]

{Quirk molding}, a bead between two quirks. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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