- a small hook
- a hooklike part or device
Origin of crotchet< sense “hooked, twisted” a peculiar whim or stubborn notion
- Chiefly Brit. quarter note
Origin of crotchetMiddle English and Old French crochet, diminutive from croc, hook: see crosier
- An odd, whimsical, or stubborn notion.
- Music See quarter note.
- A small hook or hooklike structure.
Origin of crotchetMiddle English crochet hook, quarter note from Old French hook ; see crochet .
- (music) A musical note one beat long in 4/4 time.
- (archaic) a whim or a fancy
- A forked support; a crotch.
- (military, historical) An indentation in the glacis of the covered way, at a point where a traverse is placed.
- (military) The arrangement of a body of troops, either forward or rearward, so as to form a line nearly perpendicular to the general line of battle.
- (printing) A bracket.
(third-person singular simple present crotchets, present participle crotcheting, simple past and past participle crotcheted)