- involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny: a weird sound; weird lights.
- fantastic; bizarre: a weird getup.
- Archaic. concerned with or controlling fate or destiny.
- fate; destiny.
- fate(def 6).
Origin of weird
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Examples from the Web for weird
To make it work almost everything else about these shows has to seem factual which is why many look like a weird Celebrity Sims.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
Actually, the guessing game is over; the weddings have begun, as have weird attempts to circumvent our constitutional democracy.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
It was fearless and raunchy and fun and ridiculous and weird and feminist and powerful.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
What follows is hysterical, painful, weird, and strangely touching—a true Festivus for the rest of us.The Top 10 Nontraditional Christmas TV Episodes
December 25, 2014
In its own weird way, by the end, The Colbert Report was as densely serialized as Lost.The End of Truthiness: Stephen Colbert’s Sublime Finale
December 19, 2014
Their acts all had the weird inconsequence of the people we see in dreams.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
What a strange, weird mystery there is about mental associations!
It is plain from this weird appeal that Shakespeare had already made his mark.The Man Shakespeare
Before she had laughed at the weird complaining; now it sounded like a moan of misery.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
We told tales as weird as the scene, until far into the night.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
- suggestive of or relating to the supernatural; eerie
- strange or bizarre
- archaic of or relating to fate or the Fates
- archaic, mainly Scot
- fate or destiny
- one of the Fates
- dree one's weird Scot See dree
- (tr) Scot to destine or ordain by fate; predict
Word Origin and History for weird
Old English wyrd (n.) "fate, destiny," literally "that which comes," from Proto-Germanic *wurthis (cf. Old Saxon wurd, Old High German wurt "fate," Old Norse urðr "fate, one of the three Norns"), from PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," (cf. German werden, Old English weorðan "to become"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). For sense development from "turning" to "becoming," cf. phrase turn into "become."
The modern sense of weird developed from Middle English use of weird sisters for the three fates or Norns (in Germanic mythology), the goddesses who controlled human destiny. They were portrayed as odd or frightening in appearance, as in "Macbeth," which led to the adjectival meaning "odd-looking, uncanny," first recorded 1815.