quirk

[kwurk]
noun
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 stroke, as in writing.
5.
Architecture.
a.
an acute angle or channel, as one dividing two parts of a molding or one dividing a flush bead from the adjoining surfaces.
b.
an area taken from a larger area, as a room or a plot of ground.
c.
an enclosure for this area.
6.
Obsolete. a clever or witty remark; quip.
adjective
7.
formed with a quirk or channel, as a molding.

Origin:
1540–50; origin uncertain

quark, quirk.


1. See eccentricity.
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quirk (kwɜːk)
 
n
1.  an individual peculiarity of character; mannerism or foible
2.  an unexpected twist or turn: a quirk of fate
3.  a continuous groove in an architectural moulding
4.  a flourish, as in handwriting
 
[C16: of unknown origin]
 
'quirky
 
adj
 
'quirkily
 
adv
 
'quirkiness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

quirk
1560s, "quibble, evasion," of unknown origin, perhaps connected to Ger. quer (see queer) via notion of twisting and slanting; but its earliest appearance in western England dialect seems to argue against this source. Perhaps originally a technical term for a twist or flourish
in weaving. Sense of "peculiarity" is c.1600.
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Example sentences
Still, the quirk is more the rule than the exception for tennis players under
  pressure.
If these urges were confined purely to the founding generation, this would be a
  historical quirk.
The early arrival-albeit only by a minute-is due to a complex quirk of the
  leap-year calendar.
How remiss of me and an interesting quirk of academic isolation.
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