strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; singular: The court has a queer notion of justice.
Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. (of a person) gay or lesbian.
not feeling physically right or well; giddy, faint, or qualmish: If you feel queer, you should lie down for a bit.
mentally unbalanced or deranged.
Slang. bad, worthless, or counterfeit.
to put (a person) in a hopeless or disadvantageous situation as to success, favor, etc.
to interpret, analyze, or reconstruct (a narrative) based on the perspectives of people whose experiences fall outside normative ideas of gender and sexuality, especially in academic research and criticism: This film queers the Western genre by introducing a transgender lead.Her pioneering research queered the portrayal of medical professionals by emphasizing the work of LGBTQ+ doctors.
Often Disparaging and Offensive. (The noun “a queer” is often used with disparaging intent and considered offensive even among those who approve of the corresponding adjective “queer.” The plural “queers” is less likely to offend than the singular “a queer.”)
a gay or lesbian person.
Slang. counterfeit money.
Idioms about queer
queer the pitch, British Informal. to spoil the chances of success.
Queer is also a term used by activists and academics: queer politics; scholars of queer literature. The term has more recently come to include any person whose sexuality or gender identity falls outside the heterosexual norm or the gender binary. A person identifying as queer can be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, gender-fluid, etc., and the use of queer allows for the expression of LGBTQ community membership without requiring any specific label.
More broadly, within academia, “to queer” can even refer to the act of interpreting a text using any non-normative or marginalized perspective. This sense plays with the dual meaning of queer as referring to people whose genders and sexualities have been marginalized, and as referring to something that is unusual or unconventional. In this sense, introducing the perspectives of people of color or people with disabilities would also be considered queering a text in literary or cultural criticism.
- queer·ly, adverb
- queer·ness, noun
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How to use queer in a sentence
Whether or not you think Dean himself is queer, as many fans do, having Cas declare his love for Dean and never getting a response is a large plot thread for the show to leave dangling.Supernatural’s bonkers series finale marked the end of an era of fandom | Aja Romano | November 20, 2020 | Vox
He disseminated a survey on the app, as well as on the queer dating app Her, from April to August.Global study finds pandemic exacerbates inequities for trans people | Kaela Roeder | November 20, 2020 | Washington Blade
Gonzalez was the state’s first openly queer person of color to serve in the Vermont House.Trans, non-binary candidates make history in state legislative races | Parker Purifoy | November 18, 2020 | Washington Blade
queer or non-queer, if you value democracy, civil rights and health care, nothing’s as scary as the Supreme Court.
There have been other biographies of Grant, a queer icon, but Eyman’s is definitive.
British Dictionary definitions for queer
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
- queerish, adjective
- queerly, adverb
- queerness, noun
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