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  • adj. Given to quirks or idiosyncrasies; strange in a somewhat silly, awkward manner, potentially cute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of quirks; tricky.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abounding in quirks or twists; irregular; zigzag; quirkish.
  • Full of quirks or subterfuges; shifty; quibbling; characterized by petty tricks: as, a quirky attorney; a quirky question.
  • Merry; sportive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. informal terms; strikingly unconventional


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  • This is what it means when someone calls you quirky: "You're strange, but not to be taken seriously". Very irritating word.

    May 21, 2009