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[kwurt] /kwɜrt/
a riding whip consisting of a short, stout stock and a lash of braided leather.
verb (used with object)
to strike with a quirt.
Origin of quirt
1835-45, Americanism; perhaps < Spanish cuerda cord Unabridged
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  • I got a quirt hanging up in the shop now that Johnnie Barclay dropped one day when I got after him with a pan of water.

    A Certain Rich Man William Allen White
  • Her quirt rose and fell, the lash burning his wrist like a band of fire.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • On my horse I rode beside the mules, urging them along with my quirt.

  • He headed him into the open, laid the quirt to him, and galloped toward the hills.

  • He attempted to kiss me, and I attempted to cut his face open with my quirt.

    The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins
  • She stood in her saddle habit, with her quirt still in hand.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • He himself was flailing with his quirt, and the buckskin grunted at every strike.

    The Seventh Man Max Brand
  • They passed close—so close I could have reached out an' touched 'em with my quirt.

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
  • She was using the quirt on her mount and he was jumping ahead like a streak of light.

  • Wadley's quirt burned the flank of the cow-pony and it leaped for the road.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for quirt


a whip with a leather thong at one end
verb (transitive)
to strike with a quirt
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish cuerdacord
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Word Origin and History for quirt

"short-handled braided leather riding whip," 1845, from Mexican Spanish cuarta "rope," related to Spanish cuerda "rope," from Latin corda (see cord (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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