Definition of quirk in English:

quirk

noun

  • 1A peculiar aspect of a person's character or behaviour.

    ‘they accepted her attitude as one of her little quirks’
    • ‘Some critics even contend that too many characteristics or quirks are being pathologized - labeled abnormal - to make money.’
    • ‘Every commander also has pet peeves, quirks, and peculiarities.’
    • ‘The smart screenplay lends itself to the character quirks that make them seem more human.’
    • ‘In this book, we are treated to numerous such sketches that accurately illustrate many of the behavioral quirks of grebes, some of which are nearly impossible to capture on film.’
    • ‘These characters' personal quirks are as colorful and various as their day jobs.’
    • ‘He rightly concentrates on the particular textures and quirks of the characters rather than on the scenery.’
    • ‘I've been wondering if you put some part of yourself, be that some weird idiosyncrasy, quirks, etc, into the characters you create.’
    • ‘When attempts are made to individualize the characters, their personality quirks seem half-hearted and copied from any number of other war movies.’
    • ‘The acting is good, with nobody working too hard at their character's quirks.’
    • ‘Crucially it reveals the quirks in our behaviour that marketers are desperate to gain an insight into.’
    • ‘However, I have a big problem with people using similar versions of my character names, character quirks, story titles, plot summaries, and memorable plot events.’
    • ‘She could have written a flow chart of editors' quirks, reporters' abilities, and the power dynamics of management - all within her first two months in the office.’
    • ‘It's very odd knowing that people are watching me for little obsessive-compulsive quirks now, even though I'm pretty much all better.’
    • ‘There are too many peculiarities and quirks of the hardware, and drivers are hard to come by.’
    • ‘His skits or character quirks aren't as funny the second time around.’
    • ‘Common sense applied to the particular behavioral quirks of your child is probably your best bet.’
    • ‘But you've got those quirks that make you endearing’
    • ‘It is as extraordinary and unique as the artist himself, full of all the quirks, oddities and jokes that make him such a national treasure.’
    • ‘Completely inhabiting his character's traits and quirks, he is tailor made for the role.’
    • ‘You feel you get to know all the characters and their quirks, the island and its people, and the magic and superstitions come to life in an burst of colour.’
    idiosyncrasy, peculiarity, oddity, eccentricity, foible, whim, whimsy, notion, conceit, vagary, caprice, fancy, kink, crotchet, mannerism, habit, characteristic, trait, feature, obsession, fad
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    1. 1.1 A strange chance occurrence.
      ‘a strange quirk of fate had led her to working for Nathan’
      • ‘As I look at this photo of her as a young woman, I can't help but ponder the strange quirks of genetics.’
      • ‘It was a strange quirk of fate that the Queen who had ordered the crushing of O'Neill did not live to see his submission as she died six days earlier, on March 25th 1603.’
      • ‘Another strange pedestrian quirk is the proliferation of underpasses in the city.’
      • ‘In one of those strange quirks of mathematical fate, Möbius was not actually the first to discover or describe the object.’
      • ‘Instead of that he was a victim of the strange quirks that the proportional representation system continues to throw up.’
      chance, fluke, freak, anomaly, unusual occurrence, turn, peculiar turn of events, twist, twist of fate
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    2. 1.2 A sudden twist, turn, or curve.
      ‘wry humour put a slight quirk in his mouth’
      • ‘She raised an eyebrow at me, and there was a funny quirk in her mouth.’
      • ‘She felt the corners of her mouth quirk slightly, tried to say his name, then fell into the darkness that had been waiting for her.’
      • ‘His nose was hawkish but it suited him, as did the high cheekbones and cynical quirk of his mouth.’
      • ‘Michael's mouth quirks, and he raises his eyebrows.’
      • ‘The side of my mouth quirks up a little at the question’
      • ‘His mouth quirks, and his eyes flash with what might be amusement.’
      • ‘The slightest of quirks tugged at the woman's lips before she nodded, then turned away.’
      • ‘She put her hands on her hips, a slight quirk in her lips.’
      • ‘The quirk to her mouth says she knows the answer.’
      • ‘There are some twists and quirks that also remind me of that admittedly better comedy, but still served to make me like this one.’
  • 2Architecture
    An acute hollow between convex or other mouldings.

    • ‘That splendid, rambling rectory with its quirks, quorns and corbel tables, beyond the graveyard, had gone, and so, for that matter, had the graveyard itself.’

verb

  • (with reference to a person's mouth or eyebrow) move or twist suddenly, especially to express surprise or amusement.

    no object ‘his lips quirked disbelievingly’
    • ‘There is an amused glimmer to his eyes and his lips quirk upwards, as if he is laughing at a private joke.’
    • ‘She examines him, a corner of her lips quirking in a twisted smile.’
    • ‘Her lips quirked upwards in something resembling a smile.’
    • ‘‘Adorable is it?’ Kyle asked, the smile forming on his lips and eyebrow quirking up in question.’
    • ‘The corner of Tristan's lips quirked, but he nodded his approval.’
    • ‘His lip quirked in a smile but he quickly smothered it.’
    • ‘Rafe's lips quirked and I knew that he wasn't mad anymore.’
    • ‘A hint of a dimple showed in one cheek as her lips quirked in amusement.’
    • ‘Alec's lips quirked up at that but he ignored my comment.’
    • ‘Despite the circumstances, Delia's lips quirked in a grin.’
    • ‘Allen watched the two in mild amusement, brow quirked.’
    • ‘Bernard's lips quirked, but he did not smile back.’
    • ‘Chantelle's lip quirked upwards in one corner with amusement and thanks.’
    • ‘Leya nodded absently, staring at the photographs, her lips quirking into a smirk.’
    • ‘Dan's pale green eyes locked on his as soon as he had fully turned, the man's mouth quirking in amusement.’
    • ‘His lips quirked slightly, showing his amusement at her bland humor.’
    • ‘Her lips quirked as she glanced from them back to Robbie.’
    • ‘Chris snorted, his lips quirking into an amused smile.’
    • ‘‘Not exactly,’ Aidan replied, her lips quirking into a grin.’
    • ‘I smiled up at him, and his lips quirked up as well.’
    twist, screw up, distort
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Origin

Early 16th century (as a verb): of unknown origin. The early sense of the noun was ‘subtle verbal twist, quibble’, later ‘unexpected twist’.

Pronunciation

quirk

/kwəːk/