Quirk

quirk [quirk quirks] noun, verb BrE [kwɜːk]
NAmE [kwɜːrk]
noun
1. an aspect of sb's personality or behaviour that is a little strange
Syn: peculiarity
Everyone has their own little quirks and mannerisms.
2. a strange thing that happens, especially by accident
By a strange quirk of fate they had booked into the same hotel.
an unpredictable quirk of history
Word Origin:
early 16th cent. (as a verb): of unknown origin. The early sense of the noun was ‘subtle verbal twist, quibble’, later ‘unexpected twist’.
Example Bank:
The system has some odd little quirks.
as a result of some quirk in the social order
It was a remarkable quirk in his otherwise orderly character.
Perhaps it's some quirk in your nature that makes you behave like that.
They accepted it as one of her little quirks.
Derived Word: quirky
verb transitive, intransitive ~ (sth) (especially NAmE)
to twist your mouth or eyebrows suddenly; (of your mouth or eyebrows) to move in this way
David quirked an eyebrow and smirked slightly.
Her lips quirked suddenly.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
early 16th cent. (as a verb): of unknown origin. The early sense of the noun was ‘subtle verbal twist, quibble’, later ‘unexpected twist’.

WordNet Dictionary:
I
noun
1. a strange attitude or habit
Syn: oddity, queerness, quirkiness, crotchet
2. a narrow groove beside a beading
II
verb
twist or curve abruptly
- She quirked her head in a peculiar way

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.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.
We ground the justification of our nonconformity on dark subtilties and intricate quirks.
2.A fit or turn; a short paroxysm; a caprice.
3.A smart retort; a quibble; a shallow conceit.
Some odd quirks and remnants of wit.
4.An irregular air; as, light quirks of music.
5.(Building) A piece of ground taken out of any regular ground plot or floor, so as to make a court, yard, etc.; - sometimes written quink.
6.(Arch.) A small channel, deeply recessed in proportion to its width, used to insulate and give relief to a convex rounded molding.
Quirk molding
a bead between two quirks.

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