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quirky

[kwur-kee] /ˈkwɜr ki/
adjective, quirkier, quirkiest.
1.
having or full of quirks.
Origin of quirky
1800-1810
1800-10; quirk + -y1
Related forms
quirkily, adverb
quirkiness, noun
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  • Miss Hampton comes back at him with that quirky smile of hers.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • She snagged a piano and pounded out barrelhouse runs in quirky time as I carried the main thread of the movement on a cello.

  • Without a word Bud took him, but the quirky smile hid at the corners of his mouth, and under Cash's beard still lurked the grin.

    Cabin Fever B. M. Bower
Word Origin and History for quirky
adj.

1806, "shifty," from quirk + -y (2). Sense of "idiosyncratic" first recorded 1960. Related: Quirkily; quirkiness.

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