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adjective,weird·er, weird·est.
  1. strange; odd; bizarre: Wow, that’s a weird getup.I value our friendship, and I’m afraid if we start dating, it’ll get weird between us.

  2. 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.

  1. involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny: a weird sound;weird lights.

  2. Archaic. concerned with or controlling fate or destiny.

nounChiefly Scot.
  1. the Weirds, the Fates.

Verb Phrases
  1. 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.

Origin of weird

First recorded before 900; Middle English noun werd, wered, wird (northern form), Old English wyrd, weord; akin to worth2; Middle English adjective originally attributive noun in phrase werde sisters “the Fates” (popularized as appellation of the witches in Macbeth)

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3. weird, eerie, unearthly, uncanny refer to that which is mysterious and apparently outside natural law. Weird can refer 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, 3. See bizarre.

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Other words from weird

  • weird·ly, adverb
  • weird·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for weird


/ (wɪəd) /

  1. suggestive of or relating to the supernatural; eerie

  2. strange or bizarre

  1. archaic of or relating to fate or the Fates

  1. archaic, mainly Scot

    • fate or destiny

    • one of the Fates

  2. dree one's weird Scot See dree

  1. (tr) Scot to destine or ordain by fate; predict

Origin of weird

Old English (ge) wyrd destiny; related to weorthan to become, Old Norse urthr bane, Old Saxon wurd; see worth ²

Derived forms of weird

  • weirdly, adverb
  • weirdness, noun

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