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queer

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adjective \ˈkwir\

Definition of queer

  1. 1a :  worthless, counterfeit queer moneyb :  questionable, suspicious

  2. 2a :  differing in some odd way from what is usual or normalb (1) :  eccentric, unconventional (2) :  mildly insane :  touchedc :  absorbed or interested to an extreme or unreasonable degree :  obsessedd often disparaging + offensive (1) :  sexually attracted to members of the same sex :  homosexual, gay (2) :  of, relating to, or used by homosexuals :  gay 4b

  3. 3 :  not quite well

queerish

play \ˈkwir-ish\ adjective

queerly

adverb

queerness

noun

Discussion of queer

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

  1. The sky was a queer shade of red.

  2. I had a queer feeling that something bad was about to happen.

Origin and Etymology of queer

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1513


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queer

verb

Definition of queer

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to spoil the effect or success of queer one's plans

  3. 2 :  to put or get into an embarrassing or disadvantageous situation

Examples of queer in a sentence

  1. The sudden storm queered our plans.

1818

First Known Use of queer

1818


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queer

noun

Definition of queer

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

Discussion of queer

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.

1894

First Known Use of queer

1894



QUEER Defined for English Language Learners


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queer

verb

Definition of queer for English Language Learners

  • : to spoil or ruin (something)


QUEER Defined for Kids

queer

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adjective \ˈkwir\

Definition of queer for Students

queerer

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queerest

  1. :  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

queerly

adverb

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