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weirdo

[ weer-doh ]

noun

, Informal.
, plural weird·os.
  1. an odd, eccentric, or unconventional person.
  2. a psychopath, especially a dangerous or vicious one; psycho:

    They caught the weirdo who attacked the children.



weirdo

/ ˈwɪədəʊ; ˈwɪədɪ /

noun

  1. informal.
    a person who behaves in a bizarre or eccentric manner


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Word History and Origins

Origin of weirdo1

First recorded in 1950–55; weird + -o
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Example Sentences

“I’m a fan of deformed, colorful, weirdo art, so his site resonates with me — it’s genuinely experimental,” Furie says.

A champion of self-love and determination, India’s dynamic new single is packed with an alt-vibe that a weirdo like myself greatly appreciates.

He played the geek, the weirdo, the one who clearly didn’t fit in with the cool kids of Bayside High, yet they accepted him in their circle anyway.

In a message to critics, Fey and Carlock describe the show as “ensemble workplace comedy among a coterie of weirdos.”

From Time

One percent is also frequent enough not to be completely unexpected, and we have found some signs that our solar system isn’t a complete weirdo, including the discovery of a handful of reasonable analogs to our own Jupiter.

That was the first time that I was like ,“Oh, I could be a weirdo and do this weird thing and it will be fun.”

And America: A 7-foot weirdo, with long hair, can walk around anonymously in New York.

“Shake It Off” and its accompanying music video are all about being a goober and dancing like an offbeat weirdo.

Although, I think all those ghetto/goth kids are doing something with Melissa Burns; all the weirdo kids.

Another was a French weirdo, so maybe that was written for me as well.

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What does weirdo mean?

A weirdo is a person who behaves in ways that are considered odd or unconventional.

Weirdo is based on the adjective weird, which most commonly means strange, odd, peculiar, or bizarre. Weirdo is very informal. It can be used both negatively as an insult and positively as a compliment, depending on how you feel about someone else’s weird behavior.

Much less commonly, weirdo can be used as an informal term for a person considered a dangerous psychopath.

Example: My dog keeps licking the wall—what a weirdo!

Where does weirdo come from?

The first records of weirdo come from the 1950s. It’s a combination of the word weird and the suffix o, which is used to form nouns that refer to people who exhibit a certain quality, especially in a negative way, as in sicko and cheapo.

A weirdo is someone who does or says weird things. But there are shades of weirdo. Sometimes when we call people weirdos we’re trying to insult them or shame them for doing something we consider unacceptably bizarre, as in Some weirdo in my apartment keeps playing “Happy Birthday” at 3 a.m. But a weirdo might be a completely harmless eccentric—just someone who does things considered odd, like always eating pizza crust-first or naming their fingernails. Most people are a weirdo in at least some way—I mean, what kind of weirdo doesn’t do anything weird? If we value weirdness, then weirdo becomes a term of fondness and affection, and we seek out other wonderful weirdos to be weird with.

Weirdo is formed from the adjective weird but it is sometimes used as an adjective itself, as in Do you hear yourself when you suggest these weirdo ideas? It means about the same thing as weird, but it has all the same potential implications of the word weirdo when it’s used as a noun—meaning it can be positive or negative depending on the intent of the speaker.

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How is weirdo used in real life?

Weirdo is very informal. It’s used both positively and negatively depending on what the speaker wants to imply about the person they’re calling a weirdo.

 

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Is weirdo used correctly in the following sentence? 

That guy talks really weirdo.

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