quirk

quirk
I (accident) noun accidental occurrence casualty, chance, circumstance, fate, fortuitous event, fortuity, freak, hap, inadvertence, luck, misadventure, mischance, mishap, nonintentional occurrence, turn, twist, undesigned occurrence, unforeseen event, unforeseen occurrence, unintentionality, unplanned happening, unpremeditation II (idiosyncrasy) noun aberration, abnormality, abnormity, anomaly, bizarreness, defiance of custom, departure, deviation, divergence, eccentricity, exception, fancy, habit, idiocrasy, individuality, infringement of custom, irregularity, kink, mannerism, nonconformity, oddity, outlandishness, particularity, peculiarity, queerness, singularity, strange behavior, strange occurrence, strangeness, twist, unconformity, unconventionality, unorthodoxy, unusual ness, vagary III index compulsion (obsession), speciality, specialty (distinctive mark)

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  • Quirk — may refer to an odd habit or a family name. Odd habit A quirk is an odd habit. Most dictionaries list this word s origin as “unknown”. However, as the surname arises from the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, and because the island is somewhat… …   Wikipedia

  • Quirk — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Cory Quirk (* 1986), US amerikanischer Eishockeyspieler Lawrence J. Quirk (* 1923), US amerikanischer Journalist und Filmhistoriker Randolph Quirk (* 1920), britischer Linguist Robert E. Quirk (* 1918), US …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Quirk — (kw[ e]rk), n. [Written also {querk}.] [Cf. W. chwiori to turn briskly, or E. queer.] 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. Some quirk or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quirk — [kwə:k US kwə:rk] n 1.) something strange that happens by chance quirk of ▪ Years later, by a strange quirk of fate , she found herself sitting next to him on a plane. 2.) a strange habit or feature of someone s character, or a strange feature of …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quirk — quirk; quirk·i·ly; quirk·i·ness; …   English syllables

  • quirk|y — «KWUR kee», adjective, quirk|i|er, quirk|i|est. full of quirks, twists, or shifts: »The writing has a quirky, personal quality that gives it an uncommon flavor (New Yorker) …   Useful english dictionary

  • quirk — ► NOUN 1) a peculiar behavioural habit. 2) a strange chance occurrence: a quirk of fate. 3) a sudden twist, turn, or curve. DERIVATIVES quirkish adjective quirky adjective (quirkier, quirkiest) …   English terms dictionary

  • quirk — [kwʉrk] n. [< ?] 1. a) a sudden twist, turn, or stroke [a quirk of fortune] b) a flourish in writing 2. an evasion, subterfuge, or quibble 3. a peculiarity, peculiar trait, or mannerism 4 …   English World dictionary

  • Quirk —   [kwəːk], Sir (seit 1985) Randolph, britischer Sprachwissenschaftler, * Lambfell (Isle of Man) 12. 7. 1920; Professor u. a. an den Universitäten Durham (1958 60) und London (seit 1960); v. a. durch Forschungen zur alt und neuenglischen Grammatik …   Universal-Lexikon

  • quirk — [ kwɜrk ] noun count 1. ) a strange or annoying habit 2. ) something strange that happens for reasons that you do not know or understand …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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