verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of veer1
Synonyms for veer
verb (used with object) Nautical.
Origin of veer2
Related Words for veeredwhirl, swerve, depart, shift, drift, deflect, diverge, twist, deviate, bend, swing, pivot, divert, skid, wheel, sheer, cut, avert, skew, curve
Examples from the Web for veered
Contemporary Examples of veered
But the car roared away, the driver so desperate to escape that he veered into oncoming traffic.Did the Amber Lynn Coplin Murder Photos Sicken the Creeps of 4Chan?
November 6, 2014
“It was as though she had veered, accidentally, into her own life,” writes Shields elsewhere.Carol Shields’s Tale Of Secondhand Life
October 26, 2014
Kerry stuck mostly to his script, but veered off at times, as he often does.Damn Right I Taped Kerry’s ‘Apartheid’ Talk
May 2, 2014
Carey veered past a bollard, finally crashing into a barricade not far from a guard booth.What Pushed Miriam Carey to a Capitol Hill Tragedy?
October 4, 2013
He veered to the right and took the streets rather than the bridge.How New York City’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Terrorized a Young Family
October 2, 2013
Historical Examples of veered
At the risk of overturning the machine he veered it sharply to the left.Way of the Lawless
At a sign from the captain, the head of the boat was veered round.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
The Jongvrow veered, showed them her rudder, and opened fire with her stern chasers.Captain Blood
He veered out to the edge of the road so as to avoid any more queries.The Harbor of Doubt
His fears, for lack of any other definite object, often veered toward her memories.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
- (of the wind) to change direction clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anticlockwise in the southern
- nauticalto blow from a direction nearer the sternCompare haul (def. 5)
Word Origin for veer
Word Origin for veer
1580s, "to change direction" (originally with reference to the wind), from Middle French virer "to turn," of uncertain origin, perhaps from the Latin stem vir- in viriae (plural) "bracelets;" or perhaps from a Vulgar Latin contraction of Latin vibrare "to shake." Related: veered, veering.