• WordNet 3.6
    • n crotchet a small tool or hooklike implement
    • n crotchet a strange attitude or habit
    • n crotchet a musical note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note
    • n crotchet a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crotchet (Print) A bracket. See Bracket.
    • Crotchet A forked support; a crotch. "The crotchets of their cot in columns rise."
    • Crotchet A perverse fancy; a whim which takes possession of the mind; a conceit. "He ruined himself and all that trusted in him by crotchets that he could never explain to any rational man."
    • Crotchet (Mus) A time note, with a stem, having one fourth the value of a semibreve, one half that of a minim, and twice that of a quaver; a quarter note.
    • Crotchet (Fort) An indentation in the glacis of the covered way, at a point where a traverse is placed.
    • Crotchet (Med) An instrument of a hooked form, used in certain cases in the extraction of a fetus.
    • Crotchet (Mil) The arrangement of a body of troops, either forward or rearward, so as to form a line nearly perpendicular to the general line of battle.
    • v. i Crotchet To play music in measured time.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crotchet A little hook; a hook.
    • n crotchet Specifically In anatomy, the hooked anterior end of the superior occipitotemporal cerebral convolution.
    • n crotchet In entomology, a little hook-like organ or process, generally one of a series; specifically, one of the minute horny hooks on the prolegs of many caterpillars.
    • n crotchet One of the pair of marks, [], used in writing and printing, now more commonly called brackets. See bracket, n., 4.
    • n crotchet A curved surgical instrument with a sharp hook, used to extract the fetus in the operation of embryotomy.
    • n crotchet In music, a note equal in length to half a minim or one fourth of a semibreve; a quarter note. See note.
    • n crotchet A piece of wood resembling a fork, used as a support in building.
    • n crotchet Milit., a peculiar arrangement of troops, in which they are drawn up in a line nearly perpendicular to the line of battle.
    • n crotchet In fortification, an indentation in the glacis of the covered way at a point where a traverse is placed.
    • n crotchet A singular opinion, especially one held by a person who has no special competency to form a correct opinion; an unusual and whimsical notion concerning a matter of fact or principle of action; a perverse or odd conceit.
    • crotchet To play or sing in quick rhythm.
    • n crotchet In zoology, one of the slightly curved and notched bristles or chætæ common among Oligochæta, and serving probably as locomotor organs.
    • n crotchet Same as crocket.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crotchet kroch′et a hook: a note in music, equal to half a minim, a crooked or perverse fancy: a whim, or conceit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. crochet, prop., a little hook, a dim. from the same source as croc, hook. See Crook, and cf. Crochet Crocket Crosier
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. crochet, dim. of croche, a hook. See Crochet.


In literature:

Nor do we detect affectation in her most notable vagaries and crotchets.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 438" by Various
Too bad about Bullen, though, for he was a good fellow in spite of his crotchets.
"At War with Pontiac" by Kirk Munroe and J. Finnemore
The reader will notice that there is a separate movement for each crotchet in the following tune.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Edward W. Naylor
A man with a crotchet should select a partner with the same morbid fancy.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
But that, I am told, is only a 'Crotchet.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in Two Volumes Vol. II" by Edward FitzGerald
Nothing but innuendoes, figurative crotchets: a typical Shadow, fitfully wavering, prophetico-satiric; no clear logical Picture.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
Aunt Sophia was, in their opinion, all crotchets, all nervousness, all fads.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Our whimsey crotchets will manage it all; Deep!
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
Any little temperamental crotchets in which you differ from the run of people round you?
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
The men lit pipes and cigars, and Honora brought her crotcheting.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
What importance can we attach to the crotchets of a madman?
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
Here, indeed, is a gentleman who is certainly neither a dealer in crotchets nor a rider of hobbies.
"Gipsy Life being an account of our Gipsies and their children" by George Smith
Crotchets infest the brains, and hobbies career through the fields of thought.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
For Khalid is gradually becoming a man of ideas and crotchets.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Tallich's short, bent, crotchet forceps.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Put all crotchets out of your head, and run away and amuse yourself.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
It is a point of honour among us to know every kink and crotchet of day-to-day working.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
Is it a crotchet or a quaver that has a waggle on the end of it?
"I'll Leave It To You" by Noel Coward
He avoided collision with any of their crotchets and idiosyncrasies.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. July, 1877." by Various
Lesbia set to work to try and explain the functions of a minim, a crotchet, and a quaver.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil

In news:

When I said I share most of Jon Chait's politics, I didn't mean I share his crotchets, too.
I have crotchets of my own, thank you very much.