1. a strange attitude or habit

    Synonyms : crotchet, oddity, queerness, quirkiness
    Type Of : strangeness, unfamiliarity
  2. a narrow groove beside a beading

    Type Of : channel, groove
  3. twist or curve abruptly

    Type Of : twist
    Examples :
    • She quirked her head in a peculiar way


  1. habitually complaining

    Synonyms : fretful, whiney, whiny


  1. animal hunted or caught for food

    Synonyms : prey
    Type Of : fauna, animal, beast, creature, brute, animate being
  2. a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence

    Synonyms : fair game, prey, target
    Type Of : victim
  3. a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate

    Synonyms : pit, stone pit
    Type Of : excavation
    Examples :
    • a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'
  4. extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry

    Type Of : tap, exploit
    Examples :
    • quarry marble


  1. enforced isolation of patients suffering from a contagious disease in order to prevent the spread of disease

    Type Of : isolation
  2. isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease

    Type Of : closing off, isolation
  3. place into enforced isolation, as for medical reasons

    Type Of : insulate, isolate
    Examples :
    • My dog was quarantined before he could live in England


  1. a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

    Synonyms : plight, predicament
    Type Of : difficulty
  2. state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options

    Synonyms : dilemma
    Type Of : perplexity


  1. attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)

    Synonyms : old-time, olde worlde
    Examples :
    • houses with quaint thatched roofs
  2. strange in an interesting or pleasing way

    Examples :
    • quaint dialect words
    • quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities
  3. very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance

    Examples :
    • the head terminating in the quaint duck bill which gives the animal its vernacular name
    • came forth a quaint and fearful sight
    • a quaint sense of humor


  1. a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

    Synonyms : mire, morass, quag, slack
    Type Of : bog, peat bog


  1. to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught

    Synonyms : gulp, swig
    Type Of : imbibe, drink
  2. a hearty draft

    Type Of : draft, draught, potation, tipple


  1. the act of searching for something

    Synonyms : seeking
    Type Of : hunt, hunting, search
    Examples :
    • a quest for diamonds
  2. express the need or desire for

    Synonyms : ask for, bespeak, call for, request
    Type Of : communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across
    Examples :
    • She requested an extra bed in her room
  3. bark with prolonged noises, of dogs

    Synonyms : bay
    Type Of : bark
  4. a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria

    Synonyms : pursuance, pursuit
    Type Of : search
    Examples :
    • a quest for wealth
  5. make a search (for)

    Type Of : seek
    Examples :
    • Things that die with their eyes open and questing
    • The animal came questing through the forest
  6. search the trail of (game)

    Type Of : chase, chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tag, tail, track, trail
    Examples :
    • The dog went off and quested
  7. seek alms, as for religious purposes

    Type Of : tap, solicit, beg