Definition of quirt in English:



  • A short-handled riding whip with a braided leather lash.

    • ‘For years people who want to have a recreational horse, and enjoy themselves, and don't want to have to be pulling and jerking on their horse or smacking it around with a quirt, or ramming the spurs home, have benefitted from our program.’
    whip, horsewhip, lash, strap, birch, switch, flail
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  • Hit with a quirt.

    ‘Claggart quirted her again and again’
    • ‘Their stocky Indian driver, pigtailed and black-hatted, followed them astride a mule and quirted their hindquarters with a length of rope which he swung like a lariat.’
    hit, beat, flog, whip, horsewhip, scourge, lash, flagellate, flail, strap, birch, cane, belt, leather
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Mid 19th century (originally US): from Spanish cuerda cord (from Latin chorda cord) or from Mexican Spanish cuarta whip.