The weird sisters in Macbeth
- An example of weird are the witches in Macbeth.
- An example of weird is someone with 100 piercings in his face.
The definition of weird is relating to the supernatural or strange or unconventional.
- Obs. 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
Scot. fate or destiny
Slang to be or cause to be overwhelmed with the bizarre aspects of an experience
- 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
Slang To experience or cause to experience an odd, unusual, and sometimes uneasy sensation. Often used with out.
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.
weird eerie uncanny unearthly
These adjectives refer to what is of a mysteriously strange, usually frightening nature. Weird may suggest the operation of supernatural influences, or merely the odd or unusual: “The person of the house gave a weird little laugh” (Charles Dickens). “There is a weird power in a spoken word” (Joseph Conrad). Something eerie inspires fear or uneasiness and implies a sinister influence: “At nightfall on the marshes, the thing was eerie and fantastic to behold” (Robert Louis Stevenson). Uncanny refers to what is unnatural and peculiarly unsettling: “The queer stumps … had uncanny shapes, as of monstrous creatures” (John Galsworthy). Something unearthly seems so strange and unnatural as to come from or belong to another world: “He could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din” (Henry Kingsley).
- (acronym) Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic.