- When a strange twist of fate leads you to bump into your old high school sweetheart and you end up getting married, this is an example of a quirk of fate.
- When you have to do something sort of odd, like spin around twice before sitting in your chair, this is an example of a behavioral quirk.
- a sudden twist, turn, or stroke: a quirk of fortune
- a flourish in writing
- an evasion, subterfuge, or quibble
- a peculiarity, peculiar trait, or mannerism
- Now Rare a clever turn of speech; sally; quip
- Archit. a groove running lengthwise in a molding
Origin of quirk; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A peculiarity of behavior; an idiosyncrasy: “Every man had his own quirks and twists” (Harriet Beecher Stowe).
- An unpredictable or unaccountable act or event; a vagary: a quirk of fate.
- A sudden sharp turn or twist: a quirk of the head.
- Architecture A lengthwise groove on a molding between the convex upper part and the soffit.
- Archaic An equivocation; a quibble.
Origin of quirkOrigin unknown.
- an idiosyncrasy; a slight glitch, mannerism; something unusual about the manner or style of something or someone
- The car steers cleanly, but the gearshift has a few quirks.
- (architecture) An acute angle dividing a molding; a groove that runs lengthwise between the upper part of a moulding and a soffit
- (archaic) A quibble, evasion, or subterfuge.
(third-person singular simple present quirks, present participle quirking, simple past and past participle quirked)
- (intransitive) To move with a wry jerk.
- He quirked an eyebrow.
- The corners of her mouth quirked.
First attested in the 1540s. Of uncertain origin.