crotchet

Part of speech: noun

A whim; eccentricity.

Part of speech: noun

A quarter note.

Part of speech: noun

A small hook.

Part of speech: noun

Crotchetiness.

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Usage examples "crotchet":

  1. The two partners met the next morning on ordinary business; and as each made no allusions whatever to the " crotchet" of the day before, it may be safely inferred that each had been satisfied by his conveyancer of having found out a mare's nest. - "Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1.", Samuel Warren.
  2. There were members for every crotchet and corrupt interest, but there were none for them. - "The English Constitution", Walter Bagehot.
  3. You can't expect to ride your new crotchet without anybody's trying to stick a nettle under his tail and make him kick you off: especially as we shall all have to go on foot still. - "Tom Brown's School Days", Thomas Hughes.