- strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; singular: a queer notion of justice.
- of a questionable nature or character; suspicious; shady: Something queer about the language of the prospectus kept investors away.
- not feeling physically right or well; giddy, faint, or qualmish: to feel queer.
- mentally unbalanced or deranged.
- Usually Disparaging and Offensive.(of a person) gay or lesbian.
- noting or relating to a sexual orientation or gender identity that falls outside the heterosexual mainstream or the gender binary: queer subcultures.
- Slang. bad, worthless, or counterfeit.
- to spoil; ruin.
- to put (a person) in a hopeless or disadvantageous situation as to success, favor, etc.
- to jeopardize.
- Disparaging and Offensive.a term used to refer to a a person who is gay or lesbian.
- a person whose sexual orientation or gender identity falls outside the heterosexual mainstream or the gender binary.
- Slang. counterfeit money.
- queer the pitch, British Informal. to spoil the chances of success.
Origin of queer
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Examples from the Web for queer
A simple "Queer as Folk sex scenes" Google search unleashes a torrent of more of Hunnam's sex scenes from the series.Charlie Hunnam Cast in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: A History of His Sex Scenes (VIDEO)
September 4, 2013
Queer feels much more like home, it feels much more descriptive to me than bisexual.Is Bi the Last Taboo? Clive Davis Revives a Bitter Debate
February 22, 2013
On television, the show that broke all boundaries for gay sex was Queer as Folk.Why Does Hollywood Hate Gay Sex?
January 4, 2012
"Queer how nerves affect people," he said, as John and he left the stage.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
"Queer he had energy enough to tell me that much," remarked Bart, as he moved off.Frank Roscoe's Secret
Queer sort of wheeze to say 'hyphen' in a chap's name as if it were a word, when it wasn't at all.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
"Queer enough about Cy, that's a fact," concurred Captain Dimick.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Queer freak for a woman to live there all alone, anyhow," observed Jeb.Frank Merriwell's Cruise
Burt L. Standish
- differing from the normal or usual in a way regarded as odd or strange
- suspicious, dubious, or shady
- faint, giddy, or queasy
- informal, taboo homosexual
- informal odd or unbalanced mentally; eccentric or slightly mad
- slang worthless or counterfeit
- informal, taboo a homosexual, usually a male
- to spoil or thwart (esp in the phrase queer someone's pitch)
- to put in a difficult or dangerous position
Word Origin and History for queer
c.1500, "strange, peculiar, eccentric," from Scottish, perhaps from Low German (Brunswick dialect) queer "oblique, off-center," related to German quer "oblique, perverse, odd," from Old High German twerh "oblique," from PIE root *terkw- "to turn, twist, wind" (see thwart (adv.)).
Sense of "homosexual" first recorded 1922; the noun in this sense is 1935, from the adjective. Related: Queerly. Queer studies as an academic discipline attested from 1994.
"to spoil, ruin," 1812, from queer (adj.). Related: Queered; queering. Earlier it meant "to puzzle, ridicule, cheat" (1790). To queer the pitch (1846) is in reference to the patter of an itinerant tradesman or showman (see pitch (n.1)).
These wanderers, and those who are still seen occasionally in the back streets of the metropolis, are said to 'go a-pitching ;' the spot they select for their performance is their 'pitch,' and any interruption of their feats, such as an accident, or the interference of a policeman, is said to 'queer the pitch,'--in other words, to spoil it. [Thomas Frost, "Circus Life and Circus Celebrities," London, 1875]