- 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)
- 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.
Origin of veer1
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- to slacken or let out: to veer chain.
Origin of veer2
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- to alter direction (of); swing around
- (intr) to change from one position, opinion, etc, to another
- (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)
- nautical to steer (a vessel) off the wind
- a change of course or direction
- (tr; often foll by out or away) nautical to slacken or pay out (cable or chain)
Word Origin and History for veered
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.