Definition of quirk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kwɜːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwɜːrk//
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  1. 1an aspect of somebody’s personality or behaviour that is a little strange synonym peculiarity Everyone has their own little quirks and mannerisms.
  2. 2a 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
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent. (as a verb): of unknown origin. The early sense of the noun was ‘subtle verbal twist, quibble’, later ‘unexpected twist’.Extra examples 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.
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