Definitions for: Quirk

[n] a narrow groove beside a beading
[n] a strange attitude or habit
[v] twist or curve abruptly; "She quirked her head in a peculiar way"

Webster (1913) Definition: Quirk, 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.

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

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

3. A smart retort; a quibble; a shallow conceit.

Some odd quirks and remnants of wit. --Shak.

4. An irregular air; as, light quirks of music. --Pope.

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.

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

Quirk molding, a bead between two quirks.

Synonyms: crotchet, oddity, queerness, quirkiness

See Also: channel, groove, strangeness, twist, unfamiliarity

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