quirk

  • 1 Quirk — may refer to an odd habit or a family name. Odd habit A 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… …

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  • 2 Quirk — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Cory Quirk (* 1986), US amerikanischer Eishockeyspieler Lawrence J. Quirk (* 1923), US amerikanischer Journalist und Filmhistoriker Randolph Quirk (* 1920), britischer Linguist Robert E. Quirk (* 1918), US …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 3 Quirk — (kw[ e]rk), n. [Written also {querk}.] [Cf. W. chwiori to turn briskly, or E. queer.] 1. A sudden turn; a starting from the point or line; hence, an artful evasion or subterfuge; a shift; a quibble; as, the quirks of a pettifogger. Some quirk or …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 quirk — [kwə:k US kwə:rk] n 1.) something strange that happens by chance quirk of ▪ Years later, by a strange quirk of fate , she found herself sitting next to him on a plane. 2.) a strange habit or feature of someone s character, or a strange feature of …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 5 quirk — quirk; quirk·i·ly; quirk·i·ness; …

    English syllables

  • 6 quirk — ► NOUN 1) a peculiar behavioural habit. 2) a strange chance occurrence: a quirk of fate. 3) a sudden twist, turn, or curve. DERIVATIVES quirkish adjective quirky adjective (quirkier, quirkiest) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 quirk — [kwʉrk] n. [< ?] 1. a) a sudden twist, turn, or stroke [a quirk of fortune] b) a flourish in writing 2. an evasion, subterfuge, or quibble 3. a peculiarity, peculiar trait, or mannerism 4 …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 quirk — I (accident) noun accidental occurrence casualty, chance, circumstance, fate, fortuitous event, fortuity, freak, hap, inadvertence, luck, misadventure, mischance, mishap, nonintentional occurrence, turn, twist, undesigned occurrence, unforeseen… …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 Quirk —   [kwəːk], Sir (seit 1985) Randolph, britischer Sprachwissenschaftler, * Lambfell (Isle of Man) 12. 7. 1920; Professor u. a. an den Universitäten Durham (1958 60) und London (seit 1960); v. a. durch Forschungen zur alt und neuenglischen Grammatik …

    Universal-Lexikon

  • 10 quirk — [ kwɜrk ] noun count 1. ) a strange or annoying habit 2. ) something strange that happens for reasons that you do not know or understand …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 quirk — (n.) 1560s, quibble, evasion, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to Ger. quer (see QUEER (Cf. queer)) via notion of twisting and slanting; but its earliest appearance in western England dialect seems to argue against this source. Perhaps… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 12 quirk — [n] oddity of personality, way of doing something aberration, caprice, characteristic, conceit, crotchet, eccentricity, equivocation, fancy, fetish, foible, habit, humor, idée fixe, idiosyncrasy, irregularity, kink, knack, mannerism, peculiarity …

    New thesaurus

  • 13 quirk — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ personal, personality ▪ odd, strange, weird ▪ annoying ▪ little …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 quirk — (kwûrk), n. 1) a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism 2) caprice; vagary; accident: a quirk of fate[/ex] 3) a showy stroke, as in writing 4) archit. an acute angle or channel, as one dividing two parts of a molding 5) archit …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 quirk — [[t]kwɜ͟ː(r)k[/t]] quirks 1) N COUNT: usu with supp, N of n, adj N A quirk is something unusual or interesting that happens by chance. By a tantalising quirk of fate, the pair have been drawn to meet in the first round of the championship... The… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 Quirk — This interesting surname, of Manx and Irish origin, is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic O Cuirc , the Manx Mac Cuirc meaning descendant of, or son of Corc , a personal name from corc , heart, or curc meaning tuft of hair . The surname dates back… …

    Surnames reference

  • 17 quirk — /kwerrk/, n. 1. a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism: He is full of strange quirks. 2. a shift, subterfuge, or evasion; quibble. 3. a sudden twist or turn: He lost his money by a quirk of fate. 4. a flourish or showy… …

    Universalium

  • 18 quirk — n. a strange quirk * * * [kwɜːk] a strange quirk …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 quirk — noun (C) 1 something strange that happens by chance: quirk of fate/history etc (=something that happens by chance and influences later events): By a quirk of fate, he left just before the bomb exploded. 2 a strange habit or feature of someone s… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 quirk — UK [kwɜː(r)k] / US [kwɜrk] noun [countable] Word forms quirk : singular quirk plural quirks 1) a strange or annoying habit 2) something strange that happens for reasons that you do not know or understand …

    English dictionary