Queer Definition

kwîr
queered, queerest, queering, queers, queerer
adjective
queerest, queerer
Differing from what is usual or ordinary; odd; singular; strange.
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Having mental quirks; eccentric.
Webster's New World
Doubtful; suspicious.
Webster's New World
Slightly ill; qualmish or giddy.
Webster's New World
Of or relating to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, or transgender people.
American Heritage
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noun
queers
Used as a disparaging term for a gay man or a lesbian.
American Heritage
Counterfeit money.
Webster's New World
A strange or eccentric person.
Webster's New World
A homosexual.
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verb
queered, queering, queers
To spoil the smooth operation or success of.
Webster's New World
To ruin or thwart.
American Heritage
To put (oneself) into an unfavorable position.
Webster's New World

To render an endeavor or agreement ineffective or null.

Wiktionary

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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adverb
Wiktionary
idiom
be queer for
  • to have a strong liking for; be obsessed with
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Queer

Noun

Singular:
queer
Plural:
queers

Adjective

Base Form:
queer
Comparative:
queerer
Superlative:
queerest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Queer

  • be queer for

Origin of Queer

  • 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

  • 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

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