[ veer ]
/ vɪər /

verb (used without object)

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)
  1. to change direction clockwise (opposed to back1def 30).
  2. Nautical. to shift to a direction more nearly astern (opposed to hauldef 8c).

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. veeck, bill,
  2. veejay,
  3. veena,
  4. veep,
  5. veepee,
  6. veery,
  7. veg,
  8. veg out,
  9. vega,
  10. vega alta

Origin of veer

First recorded in 1575–85, veer is from the Middle French word virer to turn

Related formsveer·ing·ly, adverb


[ veer ]
/ vɪər /

verb (used with object) Nautical.

to slacken or let out: to veer chain.

Origin of veer

1425–75; late Middle English vere < Middle Dutch vieren to let out


[ vee ]
/ vi /


shaped like the letter V: a vee neckline.


anything shaped like or suggesting a V.

Origin of vee

First recorded in 1880–85; spelling of the letter name Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for veer

British Dictionary definitions for veer


/ (vɪə) /


to alter direction (of); swing around
(intr) to change from one position, opinion, etc, to another
  1. (of the wind) to change direction clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anticlockwise in the southern
  2. nautical to blow from a direction nearer the sternCompare haul (def. 5)
nautical to steer (a vessel) off the wind


a change of course or direction

Word Origin for veer

C16: from Old French virer, probably of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gwyro to diverge


(tr; often foll by out or away) nautical to slacken or pay out (cable or chain)

Word Origin for veer

C16: from Dutch vieren, from Old High German fieren to give direction

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Word Origin and History for veer
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