quirk

  • 1Quirk — 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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  • 2Quirk — 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 …

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  • 3Quirk — (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

  • 4quirk — [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 …

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

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  • 6quirk|y — «KWUR kee», adjective, quirk|i|er, quirk|i|est. full of quirks, twists, or shifts: »The writing has a quirky, personal quality that gives it an uncommon flavor (New Yorker) …

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  • 7quirk — ► 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) …

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  • 8quirk — [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 …

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  • 9quirk — 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… …

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  • 10Quirk —   [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 …

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  • 11quirk — [ 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

  • 12quirk — (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… …

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  • 13quirk — [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 …

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  • 14quirk|i|ly — «KWUR kuh lee», adverb. in a quirky manner …

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  • 15quirk — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ personal, personality ▪ odd, strange, weird ▪ annoying ▪ little …

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  • 16quirk — (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 …

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