- 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 weirdly
Christopher Nolan, Interstellar “My films are always held to a weirdly high standard,” Nolan told me.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
“My films are always held to a weirdly high standard,” filmmaker Christopher Nolan told The Daily Beast.Christopher Nolan Explains Interstellar’s Big, Hotly Debated Twist
November 19, 2014
“My films are always held to a weirdly high standard,” filmmaker Christopher Nolan told The Daily Beast.Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves
November 11, 2014
The trouble is, this policy is both overbroad and weirdly discriminatory.Facebook’s ‘Real Name Policy’ Is a Real Drag
September 18, 2014
Weirdly, and sappily enough, I started dancing because of the show.'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Ricky Ubeda Is Adorable, and Tired
September 4, 2014
This ancient architecture was colossally proportioned and weirdly grim.King Candaules
For every part and instrument was weirdly and meaninglessly disintegrated.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
She seemed more beautiful than ever—strangely and weirdly beautiful, it is true.Lost Face
It was weirdly living; fine and cruel, that great man-made thing.Saint's Progress
The whole effect was weirdly eloquent, rather than racy or exciting.Pharaoh's Broker
- 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 weirdly
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.