- involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny: a weird sound; weird lights.
- fantastic; bizarre: a weird getup.
- Archaic. concerned with or controlling fate or destiny.
- fate; destiny.
- fate(def 6).
Origin of weird
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- 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
Word Origin and History for weirder
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.