Informal. not functioning properly or as expected; unstable; broken: My connection is weird so I can’t tell if they’re getting my messages or not.The car is great except for a weird compressor that doesn't work when you run the AC at a red light.
involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny: a weird sound;weird lights.
Archaic. concerned with or controlling fate or destiny.
weird out, Slang. to feel or cause to feel discomfort, confusion, or fear because of perceived strangeness: The cultlike admiration of some of her followers always weirded me out a little.
- weird·ly, adverb
- weird·ness, noun
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How to use weird in a sentence
We can discuss how incredibly weird a lot of the stuff we are all taught is normal actually is!This September, the Vox Book Club is reading Elif Batuman’s The Idiot | Constance Grady | August 28, 2020 | Vox
“It’s not that these events are weird one-off things … this is actually a pretty significant source of mortality,” says Eli Strauss, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Perhaps you have mentioned your camp-bathroom woes in conversation, and perhaps all of your friends, almost without fail, have said, “This might sound weird, but I have definitely used my kid’s potty-training toilet in an emergency.”
“It’s weird to think that this object should be becoming a comet when I’m retiring,” Volk says.In a first, astronomers spotted a space rock turning into a comet | Lisa Grossman | August 18, 2020 | Science News
SNL writer Sam Jay’s hour-long stand-up special is a weird and wonderful collection of everything that comes into her head in the wee hours when everyone else is asleep.
To make it work almost everything else about these shows has to seem factual which is why many look like a weird Celebrity Sims.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist | Judnick Mayard | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
And, as the enigmatic front man to an avant garde indie rock group, he is droll, perceptive, and splendidly weird.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’ | Marlow Stern | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Actually, the guessing game is over; the weddings have begun, as have weird attempts to circumvent our constitutional democracy.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over | Jay Michaelson | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was fearless and raunchy and fun and ridiculous and weird and feminist and powerful.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year | Kevin Fallon | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
What follows is hysterical, painful, weird, and strangely touching—a true Festivus for the rest of us.
They are so rich in harmony, so weird, so wild, that when you hear them you are like a sea-weed cast upon the bosom of the ocean.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Her bare shoulders looked waxen and unnatural in the weird light which shone down upon them.Dope | Sax Rohmer
It's seeing people and objects in their weird entirety, in their true and complete shapes, that is so distressing.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
The oaks were either dead or dying, and the whole district had an inexpressibly blasted and weird appearance.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
As if to deepen the effect of the weird stage setting, Nature contrived that all the winds which blew here should blow mournfully.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for weird
suggestive of or relating to the supernatural; eerie
strange or bizarre
archaic of or relating to fate or the Fates
archaic, mainly Scot
fate or destiny
one of the Fates
dree one's weird Scot See dree
(tr) Scot to destine or ordain by fate; predict
- See also weird out
- weirdly, adverb
- weirdness, noun
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