quirt [kwurt] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a riding whip consisting of a short, stout stock and a lash of braided leather.
verb (used with object)
- to strike with a quirt.
Origin of quirt 1835–45, Americanism; perhaps Spanish cuerdaExamples from the Web for quirt Historical Examples of quirt
He headed him into the open, laid the quirt to him, and galloped toward the hills.
G. W. Ogden
Before he could reply, she rose in her stirrups and pointed ahead with her quirt.
Robert Ames Bennet
She stood in her saddle habit, with her quirt still in hand.
Frank H. Spearman
They passed close—so close I could have reached out an’ touched ’em with my quirt.
James B. Hendryx
Wadley’s quirt burned the flank of the cow-pony and it leaped for the road.
William Macleod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for quirt quirt noun
- a whip with a leather thong at one end
- to strike with a quirt
Word Origin for quirt C19: from Spanish cuerda cord Word Origin and History for quirt n.
“short-handled braided leather riding whip,” 1845, from Mexican Spanish cuarta “rope,” related to Spanish cuerda “rope,” from Latin corda (see(n.)).