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weird

[ weerd ]
/ wɪərd /
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adjective, weird·er, weird·est.

involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny: a weird sound;weird lights.
strange; odd; bizarre: a weird getup.
Archaic. concerned with or controlling fate or destiny.

noun Chiefly Scot.

Weird, one of the Fates.

Verb Phrases

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.

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Origin of weird

First recorded before 900; (noun) Middle English (northern form of wird ), Old English wyrd; akin to worth2; (adjective) Middle English, originally attributive noun in phrase werde sisters “the Fates” (popularized as appellation of the witches in Macbeth)
1. weird, eerie, unearthly, uncanny refer to that which is mysterious and apparently outside natural law. Weird refers to that which is suggestive of the fateful intervention of supernatural influences in human affairs: the weird adventures of a group lost in the jungle. Eerie refers to that which, by suggesting the ghostly, makes one's flesh creep: an eerie moaning from a deserted house. Unearthly refers to that which seems by its nature to belong to another world: an unearthly light that preceded the storm. Uncanny refers to that which is mysterious because of its apparent defiance of the laws established by experience: an uncanny ability to recall numbers. 1, 2. See bizarre.
weird·ly, adverbweird·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for weird

weird
/ (wɪəd) /

adjective

suggestive of or relating to the supernatural; eerie
strange or bizarre
archaic of or relating to fate or the Fates

noun

archaic, mainly Scot
  1. fate or destiny
  2. one of the Fates
dree one's weird Scot See dree

verb

(tr) Scot to destine or ordain by fate; predict
See also weird out
weirdly, adverbweirdness, noun
Old English (ge) wyrd destiny; related to weorthan to become, Old Norse urthr bane, Old Saxon wurd; see worth ²
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