- To veer is to turn or swerve sharply or to go off course.
When you are going straight and you suddenly turn left, this is an example of a situation where you veer left.
veer definition by Webster's New World
- to change direction; shift; turn or swing around
- to change sides; shift, as from one opinion or attitude to another
- Meteorol. to shift clockwise (in the Northern Hemisphere): said of the changing direction of a wind
- to change the direction or course of a ship by swinging its stern to the wind; wear a ship
- to be so turned: said of a ship
Origin: altered (by associated, association with veer) ; from French virer, to turn around, probably ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form virare, contr. ; from Classical Latin vibrare: see vibrate
- to turn or swing; change the course of
- Naut. to change the direction or course of (a ship) by swinging its stern to the wind; wear
- veeringly adverb
Origin: Middle English veren ; from Middle Dutch vieren, to let out
veer definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb veered, veer·ing, veers verb, intransitive
- To turn aside from a course, direction, or purpose; swerve: “a sequence of adventures that veered between tragedy and bleak farce” (Anthony Haden-Guest). See Synonyms at swerve.
- To shift clockwise in direction, as from north to northeast. Used of the wind.
- Nautical To change the course of a ship by turning the stern to the wind while advancing to windward; wear ship.
- To alter the direction of; turn: veered the car sharply to the left.
- Nautical To change the course of (a ship) by turning the stern windward.
Origin: French virer, from Old French.
transitive verb veered, veer·ing, veers Nautical
Origin: Middle English veren, from Middle Dutch vieren; see per1 in Indo-European roots.