queerly, as he shot down through the water, he thought again of something outside the desperate need of self-preservation.
queerly enough, it was the great preparer, Darwin, who helped her at the last.
queerly enough, he selected a theater where the opera of "Tannhauser" was to be performed.
queerly enough, the sermon was on the return of the Prodigal Son.
queerly enough, I had ceased to puzzle myself with trying to discover how the disaster had been brought about.
queerly enough, it didn't have any name at all: it just had the figures '100' painted in gilt letters on its side.
queerly he realized that death would be easy for himself, simple, acceptable.
queerly enough, Jessie Heath, mountain-wise though she was, believed in him almost to the end.
queerly enough, M. Guizot on Tuesday had made precisely the same remark to me about the King, beginning with the defects.
queerly enough, the women brought with them a baby or little guanaco, which they led by a string.
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]
To spoil; ruin; goof up: Food is what queered the party (late 1700s+ British); (1812+)