Quirk meaning

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A peculiarity of behavior; an idiosyncrasy.
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An unpredictable or unaccountable act or event; a vagary.

A quirk of fate.

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A peculiarity, peculiar trait, or mannerism.
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A sudden sharp turn or twist.

A quirk of the head.

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(architecture) A lengthwise groove on a molding between the convex upper part and the soffit.
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(archaic) An equivocation; a quibble.
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An evasion, subterfuge, or quibble.
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(now rare) A clever turn of speech; sally; quip.
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(archit.) A groove running lengthwise in a molding.
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(archit.) To form with quirks.
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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.

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(architecture) An acute angle dividing a molding; a groove that runs lengthwise between the upper part of a moulding and a soffit.
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(archaic) A quibble, evasion, or subterfuge.
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(intransitive) To move with a wry jerk.

He quirked an eyebrow.

The corners of her mouth quirked.

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The definition of a quirk is an odd occurrence or a unique and peculiar behavior or characteristic.

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.

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Origin of quirk

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in the 1540s. Of uncertain origin.

    From Wiktionary