What does the word crotchet mean?

Usage examples for 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. by Samuel Warren
  2. There were members for every crotchet and corrupt interest, but there were none for them. – The English Constitution by 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 by Thomas Hughes