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



BrE BrE//kwɪə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//kwɪr//
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(taboo, slang) an offensive word for a homosexual, especially a man, which is, however, also used by some homosexuals about themselves Word Originearly 16th cent.: considered to be from German quer ‘oblique, perverse’, but the origin is doubtful.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: queer