queer´ly


queer´ly
queer «kwihr», adjective, noun, verb.
–adj.
1. not usual or normal; strange; odd; peculiar: »

a queer way to repay a favor. That was a queer remark for her to make. The old three-cornered hat, And the breeches, and all that, Are so queer! (Oliver Wendell Holmes). I don't mind your queer opinions one little bit (George Bernard Shaw).

SYNONYM(S): singular, curious, unusual.
2. Informal. probably bad; causing doubt or suspicion: »

There is something very queer about her. His queer dealings caused him to lose a lot of business. All the world is queer but thee and me, and even thou art a little queer (Robert Owen).

3. not well; faint; giddy: »

The motion of the ship made her feel queer. They had given him brandy, rather a lot—that perhaps was the reason he felt so queer (John Galsworthy).

4. Slang. counterfeit: »

queer money.

5. Slang. homosexual. (often disparaging).
6. mentally unbalanced: »

He…wondered if Zeena were also turning “queer” (Edith Wharton).

–n.
1. an odd or eccentric person.
2. Slang. a homosexual (usually disparaging).
–v.t.
Slang. to spoil; ruin: »

to queer one's chances of success. I had a job as a sewer-pipe layer all fixed up…and that louse queered it thinking he could get it (James T. Farrell).

[origin uncertain; perhaps < Low German queer across]
queer´ly, adverb.

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