adjective, queer·er, queer·est.
- Usually Disparaging and Offensive.(of a person) gay or lesbian.
- noting or relating to a sexual orientation or gender identity that falls outside the heterosexual mainstream or the gender binary: queer subcultures.
verb (used with object)
- Disparaging and Offensive.a term used to refer to a a person who is gay or lesbian.
- a person whose sexual orientation or gender identity falls outside the heterosexual mainstream or the gender binary.
Origin of queer
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Related Words for queerlystrangely, bizarrely, curiously, uncommonly, peculiarly, unusually, remarkably, rarely, uniquely, surprisingly, startlingly, strikingly, abnormally, amazingly, ridiculously, inexplicably, eccentrically, exceptionally, unnaturally, astonishingly
Examples from the Web for queerly
Historical Examples of queerly
Queerly he realized that death would be easy for himself, simple, acceptable.Red Fleece
Will Levington Comfort
Queerly enough, it was the great preparer, Darwin, who helped her at the last.She Buildeth Her House
Queerly enough, it was her good-by to Aloysius that most unnerved her.Fanny Herself
Queerly enough, the sermon was on the return of the Prodigal Son.The Wedge of Gold
C. C. Goodwin
Queerly enough, instead of cooling me off toward the girl, Robert's criticism of her had the opposite effect.The Chauffeur and the Chaperon
C. N. Williamson
verb (tr) informal
Word Origin for queer
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]