Queer meaning

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(slightly dated) Mysterious; suspicious; questionable.

A queer transaction.

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To render an endeavor or agreement ineffective or null.
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A strange or eccentric person.
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(slightly dated) Weird, odd or different; whimsical.

A queer story; a queer look.

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Differing from what is usual or ordinary; odd; singular; strange.
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To spoil the smooth operation or success of.
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Having mental quirks; eccentric.
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The definition of queer is something odd or unusual, or is an offensive and derogatory term used to describe a homosexual.

When you have an odd and unusual habit, it is an example of something that might be described as a queer habit.

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Queer is a strange or eccentric person, or an offensive and derogatory slang term used for a homosexual person.

An example of a queer is a person who dresses in unusual clothes and is known for doing very odd things such as standing on one leg for long periods of time.

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Feeling slightly ill, as in being dizzy or queasy.
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Used as a disparaging term for a gay man or a lesbian.
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A lesbian, gay male, bisexual, or transgender person.
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To ruin or thwart.
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Slightly ill; qualmish or giddy.
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Doubtful; suspicious.
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Counterfeit; not genuine.
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Homosexual.
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To put (oneself) into an unfavorable position.
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Counterfeit money.
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A homosexual.
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(slightly dated) Slightly unwell (mainly in to feel queer).
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(slang) Homosexual.
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Having to do with homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism etc.

A queer reading of a text.

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(colloquial) A person who is or appears homosexual, or who has homosexual qualities.
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(colloquial) A person of atypical sexuality or sexual identity.
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(colloquial, vulgar, derogatory) General term of abuse, casting aspersions on target's sexuality; compare gay.
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To reevaluate or reinterpret a work with an eye to sexual orientation and/or to gender, as by applying queer theory.
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be queer for
  • To have a strong liking for; be obsessed with.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

be queer for

Origin of queer

  • Perhaps from Low German oblique, off-center from Middle Low German dwer terkw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Scots, perhaps from Middle Low German (Brunswick dialect) queer (“oblique, off-center"), related to German quer (“diagonally"), from Old High German twerh (“oblique"), from Proto-Indo-European *twerk- (“to turn, twist, wind"). Related to thwart.

    From Wiktionary