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1weird

noun \ˈwird\

Definition of WEIRD

1
:  fate, destiny; especially :  ill fortune
2
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Origin of WEIRD

Middle English wird, werd, from Old English wyrd; akin to Old Norse urthr fate, Old English weorthan to become — more at worth
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith

Rhymes with WEIRD

2weird

adjective \ˈwird\

: unusual or strange

Full Definition of WEIRD

1
:  of, relating to, or caused by witchcraft or the supernatural :  magical
2
:  of strange or extraordinary character :  odd, fantastic
weird·ly adverb
weird·ness noun

Examples of WEIRD

  1. My little brother acts weird sometimes.
  2. I heard a weird noise.
  3. That's weird—I put my book down right here just a few minutes ago and now it's gone.
  4. Cosmic strings are second only to black holes in the astrophysicist's pantheon of weird objects. They are narrow, ultradense filaments formed during a phase transition—called inflation—within the first microsecond of cosmic history. —Steve Nadis, Astronomy, October 2005

Origin of WEIRD

(see 1weird)
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of WEIRD

weird, eerie, uncanny mean mysteriously strange or fantastic. weird may imply an unearthly or supernatural strangeness or it may stress queerness or oddness <weird creatures from another world>. eerie suggests an uneasy or fearful consciousness that mysterious and malign powers are at work <an eerie calm preceded the bombing raid>. uncanny implies disquieting strangeness or mysteriousness <an uncanny resemblance between total strangers>.

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, wraith
WEIRD Defined for Kids

weird

adjective \ˈwird\
weird·erweird·est

Definition of WEIRD for Kids

:  very unusual :  strange <So what if I have weird eyebrows and funny toes? — Judy Blume, Sheila the Great>

Word History of WEIRD

The adjective weird came from an earlier noun weird, which meant fate. In Scotland weird was used as an adjective in the phrase the Weird Sisters, a name for the Fates, three goddesses who set human destinies. In his play Macbeth, William Shakespeare adapted this phrase for the eerie sisters who tell Macbeth his fate. So well-known was Shakespeare's usage that the original meaning of weird was forgotten and people assumed that it meant strange, fantastic—which accurately described the sisters in the play.

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