Definition of queer adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kwɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwɪr//
    (queerer, queerest)
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  1. 1(old-fashioned) strange or unusual synonym odd His face was a queer pink colour. She had a queer feeling that she was being watched. I was beginning to feel very queer. It all sounds a bit queer to me.
  2. 2(taboo, slang) an offensive way of describing a homosexual, especially a man, which is, however, also used by some homosexuals about themselves
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent.: considered to be from German quer ‘oblique, perverse’, but the origin is doubtful.Idioms (old-fashioned, British English) a person who is slightly strange or crazy See related entries: Describing strange traits
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