Word Wednesday.



1: obsolete a: a small hook or hooked instrument b: Brooch.

2a: a highly individual and usually eccentric opinion or preference b: a peculiar trick or device.

3: quarter note syn, see caprice.

[Origin: Middle English crochet, from Anglo-French crochet, croket.]

{14th Century).

“It had occurred to Jakob that he’d left his beloved tobacco back at the house. A few puffs would perhaps have helped his mood a bit, but then he remembered, Johann Lechner, despised tobacco. If Schongau had not been a Catholic town through and through, the secretary could have been viewed as a crotchety, pleasure-hating Protestant.” – The Play of Death, Oliver Pötzsch.


  1. jazzlet says

    I find it odd that they consider the first definition to be obsolete, as people still crochet and use crochets to produce crochet.

  2. says

    There’s a difference in spelling and pronunciation these days though: crotchet, rather than crochét. People don’t say crotchet (as in crotchety) needle. I expect you’d get a funny look if you did. :D

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    I use quavers and semiquavers a lot more than I use crotchets. I tend to have crotchets in legato melody parts, pads and final notes of a part. I don’t think this is crotchety.

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