Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A riding whip with a short, stiff handle and a lash made of two or more loose thongs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To strike or flog with a quirt.
  • noun A kind of riding-whip much used in the western parts of the United States and in Spanish-American countries.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A rawhide whip plaited with two thongs of buffalo hide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A rawhide whip plaited with two thongs of buffalo hide.
  • verb To strike with a quirt.

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

  • noun whip with a leather thong at the end

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from American Spanish cuarta, whip, ultimately from Latin quārta, fourth; see quart.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Spanish cuerda ‘cord’, or Mexican Spanish cuarta ‘whip’.

Examples

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  • "If I do," he said to himself, "I'll ride the buckskin." The buckskin was a half-broken broncho that fought like a fiend under the saddle until the quirt and spur brought her to her senses.

    - Frank Norris, The Octopus, ch. 2

    August 9, 2008

  • "I scored big with 'quirt,' (speaking about playing Scrabble) and he stuck his tongue out at me." -Club Dead, by Charlaine Harris

    February 5, 2011