2 a narrow groove beside a beading v : twist or curve abruptly; "She quirked her head in a peculiar way"
EtymologyFirst attested in the 1540s. Of uncertain origin.
- Finnish: oikku, omituisuus
- Indonesian: kocak
- Japanese: 歪み (ゆがみ, yugami), 捩れ (ねじれ, nejire), 癖 (くせ, kuse)
- Polish: dziwactwo
- Portuguese: idiossincrasia
- Spanish: idiosincrasia
Quirk may refer to
Odd habitA quirk is an odd habit. Most dictionaries list this word's origin as “unknown”. However, as the surname arises from the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, and because the island is somewhat notorious for idiosyncratic behaviors, we may find the word's origins there. Many surnames have fluctuated in their pronunciations and, hence, their spellings. Prior to the twentieth century, the most common variant for this “phylum” was Quark.
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