adjective, weird·er, weird·est.
noun Chiefly Scot.
Origin of weird
Synonyms for weird
Antonyms for weird
Related Words for weirderoutlandish, haunting, horrific, eerie, spooky, magical, creepy, kooky, mysterious, funky, strange, supernatural, ghastly, eccentric, awful, curious, unnatural, freaky, peculiar, occult
Examples from the Web for weirder
Contemporary Examples of weirder
I like his weirder, more ambitious novels even when they go off the rails.Haruki Murakami's Weird, Wonderful World
August 15, 2014
Which makes it all the weirder that Hamm has appeared in exactly one blockbuster to date.Why Can’t I Be a Movie Star, B*tch? Aaron Paul Tries in 'Need for Speed'
March 13, 2014
It happened in the middle of the night, which made it weirder—and more thrilling.What Happened to Big-Screen Hunk Casper Van Dien?
July 11, 2012
Sad to say, as this Paterson story gets weirder and weirder, it becomes less and less fun.Will Paterson Go?
February 26, 2010
Black Friday: bigger, weirder, and seemingly more vital to our economy than ever before.Black Friday, Zombie Holiday
November 25, 2009
Historical Examples of weirder
The watch may be weird, but no weirder than that of a previous night.The Forsaken Inn
Anna Katharine Green
And, after all, is it weirder than the common traditional method?Your United States
The old witch-hanging city had no weirder product than this dark-haired son.Literary and Social Essays
George William Curtis
One would have to go far to find a wilder, weirder, and more grimly suggestive spot.Scottish Ghost Stories
A subtler, a weirder, a more awful horror is thus added to the dread of communion with the supernatural.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
Word Origin for weird
Old English wyrd (n.) "fate, destiny," literally "that which comes," from Proto-Germanic *wurthis (cf. Old Saxon wurd, Old High German wurt "fate," Old Norse urðr "fate, one of the three Norns"), from PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," (cf. German werden, Old English weorðan "to become"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). For sense development from "turning" to "becoming," cf. phrase turn into "become."
The modern sense of weird developed from Middle English use of weird sisters for the three fates or Norns (in Germanic mythology), the goddesses who controlled human destiny. They were portrayed as odd or frightening in appearance, as in "Macbeth," which led to the adjectival meaning "odd-looking, uncanny," first recorded 1815.