- The definition of weird is relating to the supernatural or strange or unconventional.
- An example of weird are the witches in Macbeth.
- An example of weird is someone with 100 piercings in his face.
The weird sisters in Macbeth
- Obsolete of fate or destiny
- of or about ghosts, evil spirits, or other supernatural things; unearthly, mysterious, eerie, etc.
- strikingly odd, strange, etc.; fantastic; bizarre: a weird costume
- eccentric, erratic, or unconventional in behavior
Origin of weirdMiddle English werde, origin, originally noun , fate ; from Old English wyrd, fate ; from the base of weorthan, to become (basic sense “what is to come”) ; from Indo-European an unverified form wert-, to turn: see verse
- Strikingly odd or unusual, especially in an unsettling way; strange: He lives in a weird old house on a dark street. Your neighbor is said to be a little weird. I felt a little weird after drinking that tea.
- Suggestive of the supernatural: weird stories about ghosts.
- Archaic Of or relating to fate or the Fates.
- Fate; destiny.
- One's assigned lot or fortune, especially when evil.
tr. & intr.v.weird·ed, weird·ing, weirds
Origin of weirdMiddle English werd, wird, fate (often in the pl. wirdes, the Fates), from Old English wyrd; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative weirder, superlative weirdest)
- Connected with fate or destiny; able to influence fate.
- Of or pertaining to witches or witchcraft; supernatural; unearthly; suggestive of witches, witchcraft, or unearthliness; wild; uncanny.
- Having supernatural or preternatural power.
- There was a weird light shining above the hill.
- Having an unusually strange character or behaviour.
- There are lots of weird people in this place.
- Deviating from the normal; bizarre.
- It was quite weird to bump into all my ex-boyfriends on the same day.
- (archaic) Of or pertaining to the Fates.
- Weird is one of the most noted exceptions to the I before E except after C spelling heuristic.
(third-person singular simple present weirds, present participle weirding, simple past and past participle weirded)
From Middle English werde, wierde, wirde, wyrede, wurde, from Old English wyrd, wurd (“that which happens, fate, chance, fortune, destiny, Fate, the Fates, Providence, event, phenomenon, transaction, fact, deed”), from Proto-Germanic *wurdiz (“fate, destiny”), from Proto-Indo-European *wert- (“to turn, wind”). Cognate with Middle Low German wrd, wrth (“fate, death”), Middle High German wurt (“fate, death”), Icelandic urður (“fate”). Related to Old English weorþan (“to become”). More at worth.