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quirk (noun) – 1. A peculiarity of behaviour; an idiosyncrasy.

  1. An unpredictable or unaccountable act or event; a vagary.
  2. A sudden sharp turn or twist: a quirk of the head.
  3. (Architecture) A lengthwise groove on a molding between the convex upper part and the soffit.
  4. (Archaic) An equivocation; a quibble.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Did you expect quirk to be a noun meaning “a peculiarity of action or behaviour”? If so, you’re probably not alone; the “peculiarity” sense of the noun quirk is commonly known and has been a part of our language since the 17th century. But quirk has long worn other hats in English, too. The sense meaning “a curve, turn, or twist” has named everything from curving pen marks on paper (i.e., flourishes) to witty turns of phrase to the vagaries or twists of fate. In contemporary English, the verb quirk can be used in referring to facial expressions, especially those that involve crooked smiles or furrowed eyebrows.

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