crotchet

crotchet

[kroch-it]
noun
1.
an odd fancy or whimsical notion.
2.
a small hook.
3.
a hooklike device or part.
4.
Entomology. a small, hooklike process.
5.
Music. Chiefly British. a quarter note. See illus. under note.
6.
a curved surgical instrument with a sharp hook.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English crochet hook, staff with hook at end < Middle French (see crochet); doublet of crocket


1. caprice, whimsy, eccentricity, quirk, oddity.
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crotchet (ˈkrɒtʃɪt)
 
n
1.  music Usual US and Canadian name: quarter note a note having the time value of a quarter of a semibreve
2.  a small hook or hooklike device
3.  a perverse notion
4.  zoology a small notched or hooked process, as in an insect
 
[C14: from Old French crochet, literally: little hook, from croche hook; see crocket]

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crotchet
late 14c., "crocket," later "small hook" (early 15c.), from Fr. crochet "hook" (see crochet). As a surgical instrument, from 1750. Fig. use in musical notation is from mid-15c., from the shape of the notes. Meaning "whimsical fancy" is from 1570s; perhaps from the same
mechanical image in crank; but other authorities link this sense to the musical notation one.
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