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.
involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny: a weird sound;weird lights.
Archaic. concerned with or controlling fate or destiny.
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.
- weird·ly, adverb
- weird·ness, noun
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How to use weird in a sentence
Part 3 gives us an explanation for that weird off-note of Martin and Liam.The mind-boggling end of Susan Choi’s Trust Exercise, explained | Constance Grady | November 20, 2020 | Vox
Big cities in the middle of the night, in that four- or five-hour timeframe, is such a weird vibe anyway.Freezing Weather, COVID Pivots: How ‘Eater’s Guide to the World’ Was Made | Eater Staff | November 20, 2020 | Eater
It’s one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen on TV, only a couple of steps above public-access television but with just high enough production values to make you wonder why it’s not better than it is.My two days watching Newsmax, the network waging war on Fox News from the right | Emily VanDerWerff | November 12, 2020 | Vox
The atmospheric light show nicknamed STEVE may be even weirder than skywatchers thought.STEVE may be even less like typical auroras than scientists thought | Maria Temming | November 12, 2020 | Science News
People are concerned about weird contact in species in the wildlife trade—but the biggest risks are climate change and land use.
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?
Of course, it could be hard to see that logic through all the lavish weirdness of the proposal.Lake Bacon: The Story of The Man Who Wanted Us to Eat Mississippi Hippos | Jon Mooallem | August 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The first is to describe planets in our galaxy in all their weirdness and wonder.
But despite its popularity, Reddit manages to retain a glorious, dark, unabashed weirdness that positively thrives there.Five Subreddits You May Have Missed, and Probably Still Should Give a Miss | Kelly Williams Brown | April 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Craig felt the weirdness of the scene as he and Guru started down the side of the mountain.The Lost Warship | Robert Moore Williams
I have never seen what purposed to be such a skin, but repeat the story if only for its Oriental weirdness.Life and sport in China | Oliver G. Ready
Now the men began to speak in whispers, for the silence and weirdness of the fog quieted us all.Wulfric the Weapon Thane | Charles W. Whistler
She'll do, now she has got away from her depressing relations; and the touch of weirdness in her expression is an improvement.The Making of a Prig | Evelyn Sharp
I recall our coming out of the theatre; our minds thrilling to the music and the subtle weirdness of the theme.The Blind Spot | Austin Hall
British Dictionary definitions for weird
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
- See also weird out
- weirdly, adverb
- weirdness, noun
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