- 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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Related Wordspeculiarity, quirk, oddity, newness, weirdness, idiosyncrasy, anomaly, flaw, deformity, irregularity, foible, eccentricity, delusion, strangeness, abnormality, novelty, exoticism, unconventionality, foreignness, nonconformity
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.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
Where do you feel the weirdness of your latest collection came from?Tony Earley's Imaginary Friends
September 2, 2014
The first is to describe planets in our galaxy in all their weirdness and wonder.The Exoplanet That Wasn’t There
Matthew R. Francis
July 6, 2014
Like a layered wedding cake, each experience built on the weirdness of the previous one.HONOR THIS!
February 3, 2014
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’
January 22, 2014
I looked round, and a feeling of awe and weirdness crept over me.The First Violin
There wasn't any weirdness about the ship when I woke in the sunlight.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The unexpected wild vehemence and weirdness of it were striking in the extreme.Recollections
David Christie Murray
Awe and weirdness followed in the trail of that cannon ball of wind.The Riflemen of the Ohio
Joseph A. Altsheler
The changing lights added to the beauty and weirdness of the scene.Five Thousand Miles Underground
- 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 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.