queer

adjective
\ˈkwir \

Definition of queer 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : worthless, counterfeit queer money

b : questionable, suspicious

2a : differing in some odd way from what is usual or normal

b(1) : eccentric, unconventional

(2) : mildly insane : touched

c : absorbed or interested to an extreme or unreasonable degree : obsessed

d often disparaging + offensive

(1) : sexually attracted to members of the same sex : homosexual, gay

(2) : of, relating to, or used by homosexuals : gay sense 4b

3 : not quite well

queer

verb
queered; queering; queers

Definition of queer (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to spoil the effect or success of queer one's plans

2 : to put or get into an embarrassing or disadvantageous situation

queer

noun

Definition of queer (Entry 3 of 3)

: one that is queer especially, often disparaging + offensive : homosexual

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Other Words from queer

Adjective

queerish \ˈkwir-ish \ adjective
queerly adverb
queerness noun

Usage of Queer: Usage Guide

Adjective

Over the past two decades, an important change has occurred in the use of queer in the senses that refer to sexuality. The older, strongly pejorative use has certainly not vanished, but a use by some gay people and some academics as a neutral or even positive term has established itself. This development is most noticeable in the adjective but is reflected in the corresponding noun as well. The newer use is sometimes taken to be offensive, especially by older gay men who fostered the acceptance of gay in these uses and still have a strong preference for it.

Examples of queer in a Sentence

Adjective

The sky was a queer shade of red. I had a queer feeling that something bad was about to happen.

Verb

The sudden storm queered our plans.
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First Known Use of queer

Adjective

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for queer

Adjective

origin unknown

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queer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of queer

: to spoil or ruin (something)

queer

adjective
\ˈkwir \
queerer; queerest

Kids Definition of queer

: oddly unlike the usual or normal Watching them, Charlie experienced a queer sense of danger.— Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a queer smell

Other Words from queer

queerly adverb

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