a riding whip with a braided leather lash and a short handle
Origin of quirtAmerican Spanish cuarta, quirt, long whip ; from Spanish cuerda, rope ; from Classical Latin chorda: see cord
to strike with a quirt
A riding whip with a short, stiff handle and a lash made of two or more loose thongs.
Origin of quirtProbably from American Spanish cuarta, whip, ultimately from Latin quarta, fourth; see quart.
- A rawhide whip plaited with two thongs of buffalo hide.
(third-person singular simple present quirts, present participle quirting, simple past and past participle quirted)
- To strike with a quirt.
From Spanish cuerda (“cord"), or Mexican Spanish cuarta (“whip").