- n a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
- n a musical note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note
- n a strange attitude or habit
- n a small tool or hooklike implement
- France's diminished cultural profile would be just another interesting national crotchet like Italy's low birthrate, or Russia's fondness for vodka if France weren't France.
- The orchestra negotiated all of them with every minim and crotchet in place," and with a typical air of lyric enthusiasm.
- Here in our happy democracy everyone's opinion is equally valuable, everyone's question is equally informed, and every crotchet and quirk is equally worthy of the President's time.