quirk [kwurk] SynonymsWord Origin noun
- a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism: He is full of strange quirks.
- a shift, subterfuge, or evasion; quibble.
- a sudden twist or turn: He lost his money by a quirk of fate.
- a flourish or showy stroke, as in writing.
- an acute angle or channel, as one dividing two parts of a molding or one dividing a flush bead from the adjoining surfaces.
- an area taken from a larger area, as a room or a plot of ground.
- an enclosure for this area.
- Obsolete. a clever or witty remark; quip.
- formed with a quirk or channel, as a molding.
Origin of quirk First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertainCan be confusedquirkSynonyms for quirk 1. See . British Dictionary definitions for quirker quirk noun
- an individual peculiarity of character; mannerism or foible
- an unexpected twist or turna quirk of fate
- a continuous groove in an architectural moulding
- a flourish, as in handwriting
Derived Formsquirky, adjectivequirkily, adverbquirkiness, nounWord Origin for quirk C16: of unknown origin Word Origin and History for quirker quirk n.
1560s, “quibble, evasion,” of unknown origin, perhaps connected to German quer (see(adj.)) via notion of twisting and slanting; but its earliest appearance in western England dialect seems to argue against this source. Perhaps originally a technical term for a twist or flourish in weaving. Sense of “peculiarity” is c.1600.