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adjective (Irish, dialect)
remarkable or strange: a quare fellow
great or good: you're in a quare mess
Word Origin
probably variant of queer
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  • She laughed at him, and answered, "That's a quare question to be askin', an' me with this in my arms!"

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • It isn't for you an' me to be makin' fun of their quare names.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • “What a quare feller you air to talk, Jack,” said Bob, choking up.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • “His gun has a quare sound, Captain,” said the Irishman, appealing to me.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • Anyhow, up there in the mountains we see a tarnal power of quare things.

    Year of the Big Thaw Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • But isn't it quare how it moves of itself like a livin' crathur?

    Going To Maynooth William Carleton
  • Isn't it a quare thing, aunt, that she should come back to this place at all?

    The Dead Boxer William Carleton
  • quare enough, but the husband's comin' too—he's to folly her.

    The Dead Boxer William Carleton
  • They said 'twas his heart was rotten, but oh, 'twas a quare thing to see!

    Soldier Stories Rudyard Kipling
  • Nothing less than rage was in her voice, "quare, quare, quare!"

    Bannertail Ernest Thompson Seton

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