\ ˈvir How to pronounce veer (audio) \
veered; veering; veers

Definition of veer

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to change direction or course the economy veered sharply downward
2 of the wind : to shift in a clockwise direction — compare back entry 4 sense 2
3 of a ship : to change course by turning the stern to the wind

transitive verb

: to direct to a different course specifically : wear sense 7



Definition of veer (Entry 2 of 3)

: a change in course or direction a veer to the right
veered; veering; veers

Definition of veer (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to let out (something, such as a rope)

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Other Words from veer

Verb (1)

veeringly \ ˈvir-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce veeringly (audio) \ adverb

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Verb (1)

swerve, veer, deviate, depart, digress, diverge mean to turn aside from a straight course. swerve may suggest a physical, mental, or moral turning away from a given course, often with abruptness. swerved to avoid hitting the dog veer implies a major change in direction. at that point the path veers to the right deviate implies a turning from a customary or prescribed course. never deviated from her daily routine depart suggests a deviation from a traditional or conventional course or type. occasionally departs from his own guidelines digress applies to a departing from the subject of one's discourse. a professor prone to digress diverge may equal depart but usually suggests a branching of a main path into two or more leading in different directions. after school their paths diverged

Examples of veer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, over the next several days, its path veered farther away from the coast, bringing only thunderstorm winds and rain to Orlando. Marco Santana, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian prompts 40% drop in Orlando hotel stays," 16 Sep. 2019 Suddenly, other buggies veer into view, intent on pillage and theft. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Ad Astra” Will Leave You Awed, Confused, and Sad," 13 Sep. 2019 The Honda then veered across oncoming traffic and into a utility pole. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "Child dies days after San Jose vehicle accident," 13 Sep. 2019 The short biographies often veered into the social, the political and the personal, each made more powerful by the selfie (usually with beer in hand). Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Racist email sent to Chicago beer writer leads to positive international Twitter response: #IAmCraftBeer," 12 Sep. 2019 But the momentum faded by midmorning and the major indexes veered between small gains and losses the rest of the day. BostonGlobe.com, "The S&P 500 ended virtually flat as losses in technology and health care stocks outweighed gains in financials and other sectors. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks, which has lagged the S&P 500 this year, outpaced the rest of the market.," 10 Sep. 2019 Then, the van veered toward a pickup truck, struck the edge, and flipped over, landing on its roof in the right lane of the highway. oregonlive.com, "Driver captures video of van slamming into parked truck, then flipping over on I-205," 28 Aug. 2019 Its barren splendors veer between bizarre mineral lakes, salt flats, bald mountains, hot springs and geysers, and indigenous villages lost in a time warp at the bottom of twisting ravines. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019 When a deer appears in the middle of the dark road, the waiter veers and the car crashes into a lake. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Succession Season 1: What You Need to Remember Before the New Season," 11 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yeh’s dad is Chinese and from Los Angeles, and her mom is a Jewish New Yorker, so her cooking veers toward hybrids like scallion-pancake challah, with nods to the hearty Midwest palate. Gary Levin, USA TODAY, "Molly Yeh: How motherhood has changed this Chinese-Jewish Food Network star," 10 Sep. 2019 De La Salle used its veer offense to roll up more than 200 first-half rushing yards. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "St. Ignatius rebounds from loss to beat team from Washington state," 14 Sep. 2019 Midline and veer options are based on count system, Meyer instructed viewers. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Urban Meyer, college-football analyst: 7 things to know," 12 Sep. 2019 No, De La Salle has not abandoned the veer option offense that helped make the program famous. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "Football: Takeaways from De La Salle’s loss to St. Thomas Aquinas," 24 Aug. 2019 The Spartans pride themselves on beating bigger squads with efficient line play, defense, their quick-hitting veer offense and versatile backfield. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "De La Salle opens football season against nation’s best," 19 Aug. 2019 All are important while operating De La Salle’s storied veer-option attack. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "The Fab Forty, No. 16: De La Salle QB takes on larger role," 7 Aug. 2019 But, and this takes a hypothetical veer, why would ESPN agree to divide the money up the same after losing one of the strongest basketball brands in the deal? Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "Three questions: How UConn's move to the Big East affects Cincinnati Bearcats, AAC," 5 June 2019 Tony Awards to honor Broadway's best Last year’s Tony Award show saw Robert De Niro veer from his introduction of Bruce Springsteen and drop an F-bomb about President Donald Trump. Editors, USA TODAY, "Democrats in Iowa, Tony Awards, Stanley Cup Final: 5 things to know this weekend," 8 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Category 3 storm, which veered away from hitting Hawaii’s largest islands last October, directly hit the Shoals in Papahanaumokuakea. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Hawaii’s Rapture Reef Was Flattened by Last Year’s Hurricane Walaka," 28 Aug. 2019 What caused the driver to veer off the road is still under investigation. oregonlive.com, "3 killed in car crash on Redmond-area highway," 21 Aug. 2019 While Cafe Fili serves mostly Mediterranean food, Tilted Row’s menu veers more toward Southern staples like chicken and pork chops, interspersed with a few more exotic options. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Break bread at The Tilted Row in Bolton Hill," 3 July 2019 Throughout, Ikonomou’s style veers between flights of incantatory lyricism and volleys of funny lines and tough street talk. Francine Prose, Harper's magazine, "Down and Out in the Peloponnesus," 10 Apr. 2019 For BuzzFeed Reader, poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib considers how holding on to the observance of Ramadan, despite an adulthood spent veering from other aspects of his faith, has been a grounding force in a busy, thoroughly modern life. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "‘I Feel Closer to My Faith Than I Did Before’: Holding On to Ramadan," 18 May 2018 Black characters of this era, however tended to be secondary at best, and too often veered toward blaxploitation caricatures, living in the ghetto and speaking a version of jive as envisioned by their mostly white creators. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "Storm is comics’ overlooked groundbreaking superhero," 11 Sep. 2019 The series contains all the usual Ryan Murphyisms — snarky one-liners, a satirical sting, hot-button topics and a tone that veers from earnest to outrageous. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Fall TV 2019: 10 new shows you’ll want to see," 13 Sep. 2019 If Oregon had been less-than-impressive in the second game of the season, the narrative for coach Mario Cristobal would have immediately veered off in a negative direction. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Canzano: 10 opinions on the Oregon Ducks’ victory over Nevada," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of veer

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for veer

Verb (1)

Middle English veren, probably altered from Anglo-French virer "to whirl, turn, revolve" (continental Old French, "to throw with a twisting motion"), going back to Vulgar Latin *vīrāre, reduced from Latin vibrāre "to wave, propel suddenly" — more at vibrate

Note: The vowel change (e in Middle English, i in French) is of unclear motivation. Cf. Old Scots wyr, wyre "to throw along a curving trajectory," vyre "to turn about a fixed point," apparently borrowed from Anglo-French virer with no alteration of vowel.


noun derivative of veer entry 1

Verb (2)

Middle English veren, borrowed from Middle Dutch *vieren or Middle Low German vīren, perhaps from a Frisian verbal derivative of Old Frisian fīr "far"; akin to Old English feorr far entry 1

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25 Oct 2019

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“Veer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/veered. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for veer


\ ˈvir How to pronounce veer (audio) \
veered; veering

Kids Definition of veer

: to change direction

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