from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A peculiarity of behavior; an idiosyncrasy: "Every man had his own quirks and twists” ( Harriet Beecher Stowe).
- n. An unpredictable or unaccountable act or event; a vagary: a quirk of fate.
- n. A sudden sharp turn or twist.
- n. An equivocation; a quibble.
- n. Architecture A lengthwise groove on a molding between the convex upper part and the soffit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an idiosyncrasy; a slight glitch, mannerism; something unusual about the manner or style of something or someone
- n. An acute angle dividing a molding; a groove that runs lengthwise between the upper part of a moulding and a soffit
- n. A quibble, evasion, or subterfuge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sudden turn; a starting from the point or line; hence, an artful evasion or subterfuge; a shift; a quibble.
- n. A fit or turn; a short paroxysm; a caprice.
- n. A smart retort; a quibble; a shallow conceit.
- n. An irregular air.
- n. A piece of ground taken out of any regular ground plot or floor, so as to make a court, yard, etc.; -- sometimes written quink.
- n. A small channel, deeply recessed in proportion to its width, used to insulate and give relief to a convex rounded molding.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sharp turn or angle; a sudden twist.
- n. Hence An artful turn for evasion or subterfuge; a shift; a quibble: as, the quirks of a pettifogger.
- n. A fit or turn; a short paroxysm.
- n. A smart taunt or retort; a slight conceit or quibble; a quip; a flight of fancy.
- n. Inclination; turn; peculiarity; humor; caprice.
- n. A sudden turn or flourish in a musical air; a fantastic phrase.
- n. In building, a piece taken out of any regular ground-plot or floor, as to make a court or yard, etc.: thus, if the ground-plan were square or oblong, and a piece were taken out of the corner, such piece is called a quirk.
- n. In architecture, an acute angle or recess; a deep indentation; the incision under the abacus.
- n. A pane of glass cut at the sides and top in the form of a rhomb.
- n. In a grooving-plane, a projecting fillet on the sole or side, arranged to serve as a fence or gage for depth or distance.
- To turn sharply.
- To twist or turn; form into quirks.
- To form or furnish with a quirk or channel.
- To emit the breath forcibly after retaining it in violent exertion.
- To grunt; complain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a strange attitude or habit
- v. twist or curve abruptly
- n. a narrow groove beside a beading
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in the 1540s. Of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)