quirk
I. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1565 1. a. an abrupt twist or curve b. a peculiar trait ; idiosyncrasy c. accident, vagary <
a quirk of fate
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2. a groove separating a bead or other molding from adjoining members • quirkily adverbquirkiness nounquirkish adjectivequirky adjective II. verb Date: 1878 curve, twist <
quirked his eyebrows
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  • Quirk — may refer to an odd habit or a family name. Odd habit A quirk is an odd habit. Most dictionaries list this word s origin as “unknown”. However, as the surname arises from the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, and because the island is somewhat… …   Wikipedia

  • Quirk — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Cory Quirk (* 1986), US amerikanischer Eishockeyspieler Lawrence J. Quirk (* 1923), US amerikanischer Journalist und Filmhistoriker Randolph Quirk (* 1920), britischer Linguist Robert E. Quirk (* 1918), US …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quirk — [kwə:k US kwə:rk] n 1.) something strange that happens by chance quirk of ▪ Years later, by a strange quirk of fate , she found herself sitting next to him on a plane. 2.) a strange habit or feature of someone s character, or a strange feature of …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quirk — quirk; quirk·i·ly; quirk·i·ness; …   English syllables

  • quirk — ► NOUN 1) a peculiar behavioural habit. 2) a strange chance occurrence: a quirk of fate. 3) a sudden twist, turn, or curve. DERIVATIVES quirkish adjective quirky adjective (quirkier, quirkiest) …   English terms dictionary

  • quirk — [kwʉrk] n. [< ?] 1. a) a sudden twist, turn, or stroke [a quirk of fortune] b) a flourish in writing 2. an evasion, subterfuge, or quibble 3. a peculiarity, peculiar trait, or mannerism 4 …   English World dictionary

  • quirk — I (accident) noun accidental occurrence casualty, chance, circumstance, fate, fortuitous event, fortuity, freak, hap, inadvertence, luck, misadventure, mischance, mishap, nonintentional occurrence, turn, twist, undesigned occurrence, unforeseen… …   Law dictionary

  • Quirk —   [kwəːk], Sir (seit 1985) Randolph, britischer Sprachwissenschaftler, * Lambfell (Isle of Man) 12. 7. 1920; Professor u. a. an den Universitäten Durham (1958 60) und London (seit 1960); v. a. durch Forschungen zur alt und neuenglischen Grammatik …   Universal-Lexikon

  • quirk — [ kwɜrk ] noun count 1. ) a strange or annoying habit 2. ) something strange that happens for reasons that you do not know or understand …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • quirk — (n.) 1560s, quibble, evasion, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to Ger. quer (see QUEER (Cf. queer)) via notion of twisting and slanting; but its earliest appearance in western England dialect seems to argue against this source. Perhaps… …   Etymology dictionary

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