adjective, weird·er, weird·est.
noun Chiefly Scot.
Origin of weird
Examples from the Web for weirdness
You now had jokes in common, passions, dreams, and that you had a weirdness of your own that she actually wanted to understand.
Where do you feel the weirdness of your latest collection came from?
The first is to describe planets in our galaxy in all their weirdness and wonder.
Like a layered wedding cake, each experience built on the weirdness of the previous one.
The director of Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive has found a new way to bolster his unparalleled canon of weirdness.David Lynch Goes From Film to Photos with ‘The Factory Photographs’|Nico Hines|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not the slightest sound did it appear to make, and that added to the weirdness of it all.The Hickory Ridge Boy Scouts: Under Canvas|Alan Douglas
The gloom lends a weirdness and mystery to the scene, while the flying clouds give it additional variety.The Beauties of Nature|Sir John Lubbock
His mute anxiety added to the weirdness of the proceedings, and Graeme experienced a novel creeping about the nape of the neck.Pearl of Pearl Island|John Oxenham
Oh, the weirdness of waking dreams where the spirit soars into a world of unrealities and possibilities!Original Short Stories, Volume 13 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
If he were aware of the weirdness of their situation no sign betrayed it.The Woman from Outside|Hulbert Footner
British Dictionary definitions for weirdness
- fate or destiny
- one of the Fates
Word Origin for weird
Word Origin and History for weirdness
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.