Definition of quarter cleft in English:

quarter cleft

(also quarter clift)

noun

  • 1Wood cleft in four; quartered wood.

  • 2A ‘half-cracked’ person, one who is foolish or crazy. Now Irish English (northern).

adjective

  • Of timber: cut from the centre to the edge, cut into quarter clefts.

Origin

Mid 16th century. From quarter + either cleft or cleft.

Pronunciation

quarter cleft

/ˈkwɔːtə ˌklɛft/