- to change direction or turn about or aside; shift, turn, or change from one course, position, inclination, etc., to another: The speaker kept veering from his main topic. The car veered off the road.
- (of the wind)
- to alter the direction or course of; turn.
- Nautical. to turn (a vessel) away from the wind; wear.
- a change of direction, position, course, etc.: a sudden veer in a different direction.
Origin of veer1
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- to slacken or let out: to veer chain.
Origin of veer2
- shaped like the letter V: a vee neckline.
- anything shaped like or suggesting a V.
Origin of vee
Examples from the Web for veer
Urban Outfitters has a track record of putting out products that veer into attention-grabbing, supposedly edgy territory.Who Designed Urban Outfitters's Bloody Kent State Shirt? They Won't Say
September 15, 2014
“We were taught with Reefer Madness that it was a hard-core drug and we should veer away from it,” she says.Ganjapreneurs Line Up to Get Florida High
July 30, 2014
The woman allegedly decided to hit her brakes suddenly and veer toward an exit, losing Tirico.World Cup Anchor Mike Tirico’s Bizarre History: Reports of Stalking and Sexual Harassment
July 1, 2014
And yet Cinco de Mayo can veer so, so quickly into Cinco de Weirdly Racist Douchebaggery.How Not to Be Awful This Cinco de Mayo
Kelly Williams Brown
May 4, 2014
This could all change if Maryland decides to veer left and elect Heather Mizeur, a wonky, pro-pot married lesbian, as governor.Could a Pro-Pot Lesbian Become the Next Governor of Maryland?
March 11, 2014
If we do not veer we will be upon the rocks within the hour.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
We dared not veer so as to bring the ship on the other tack.The Frozen Pirate
W. Clark Russell
Forrester recognized that his thoughts were beginning to veer once more.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
It might veer and fall still more before they should be reached.
Then, turning to the crew: “All hands stand by to veer ship!”Across the Spanish Main
- to alter direction (of); swing around
- (intr) to change from one position, opinion, etc, to another
- (of the wind) to change direction clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anticlockwise in the southern
- nauticalto blow from a direction nearer the sternCompare haul (def. 5)
- nautical to steer (a vessel) off the wind
- a change of course or direction
- (tr; often foll by out or away) nautical to slacken or pay out (cable or chain)
Word Origin and History for veer
1580s, "to change direction" (originally with reference to the wind), from Middle French virer "to turn," of uncertain origin, perhaps from the Latin stem vir- in viriae (plural) "bracelets;" or perhaps from a Vulgar Latin contraction of Latin vibrare "to shake." Related: veered, veering.
1883, to denote the shape of the letter V. As a type of engine, by 1951.