Definition of crotchet:
chord, mannerism, draw, queerness, twist, hook, rarity, erraticism, homosexualism, do, sweetener, bass, oddment, gayness, beat, eccentricity, homoeroticism, double flat, study at caprice, quirkiness, oddness, quirk, curiosity, D, hook shot, homosexuality, kink, C, singularity, curio, tic, A, B, quarter note, oddity, peculiarity, quip, quiddity, bait, lure, claw, hooking, trick, caprice, come-on, individualism.
It is a tempting exercise of intelligence for a dexterous and keen- witted scholar to apply his solid learning and his vivid fancy to the detection or the interpretation of some new or obscure point in a great man's life or work; but none the less is it a perilous pastime to give the reins to a learned fancy, and let loose conjecture on the trail of any dubious crotchet or the scent of any supposed allusion that may spring up in the way of its confident and eager quest.- "A Study of Shakespeare", Algernon Charles Swinburne.
- "Crotchet-Castle", Peacock, Thomas Love.
Now his object in thus exposing himself to infection and disease was not that he might gratify some crotchet, or get a name with the world, but that from personal experience of the unutterable miseries of such places as these lazarettos were, he might be better able to suggest the needful improvements and remedies.- "Amos Huntingdon", T.P. Wilson.