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queer

 (kwîr)
adj. queer·er, queer·est
1.
a. Deviating from what is expected or normal; strange: "The light above his head made a queer reflection of himself in the glowing wineglass" (Carson McCullers).
b. Odd or unconventional, as in behavior; eccentric: "His mother is very queer, with witchy hair and mismatched shoes" (Caroline Preston).
c. Of a questionable nature or character; suspicious: thought there was something queer about his explanation.
2.
a. Offensive Slang Gay or lesbian.
b. Usage Problem Of or relating to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, or transgender people.
3. Feeling slightly ill, as in being dizzy or queasy.
n.
1. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a gay man or a lesbian.
2. Usage Problem A lesbian, gay male, bisexual, or transgender person.
tr.v. queered, queer·ing, queers Slang
To ruin or thwart: "might try to queer the Games with anything from troop movements ... to a bomb attack" (Newsweek).

[Perhaps from Low German, oblique, off-center, from Middle Low German dwer; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]

queer′ish adj.
queer′ly adv.
queer′ness n.
Usage Note: A reclaimed word is a word that was formerly used solely as a slur but that has been semantically overturned by members of the maligned group, who use it as a term of defiant pride. Queer is an example of a word undergoing this process. For decades queer was used as a derogatory adjective for gays and lesbians, but in the 1980s the term began to be used by gay and lesbian activists as a term of self-identification. Eventually, it came to be used as an umbrella term that included gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people. Nevertheless, a sizable percentage of people to whom this term might apply still hold queer to be a hateful insult, and its use by heterosexuals is often considered offensive. Similarly, other reclaimed words are usually offensive to the in-group when used by outsiders, so caution must be taken with their use when one is not a member of the group.

queer

(kwɪə)
adj
1. differing from the normal or usual in a way regarded as odd or strange
2. suspicious, dubious, or shady
3. faint, giddy, or queasy
4. informal offensive homosexual
5. informal odd or unbalanced mentally; eccentric or slightly mad
6. slang worthless or counterfeit
n
informal offensive a homosexual, usually a male
vb (tr)
7. to spoil or thwart (esp in the phrase queer someone's pitch)
8. to put in a difficult or dangerous position
[C16: perhaps from German quer oblique, ultimately from Old High German twērh]
ˈqueerish adj
ˈqueerly adv
ˈqueerness n
Usage: Although the term queer meaning homosexual is still considered highly offensive when used by non-homosexuals, it is often used by homosexuals themselves as a positive term, as in queer politics, queer cinema

queer

(kwɪər)

adj. queer•er, queer•est,
v.
n. adj.
1. strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; eccentric.
2. of a questionable nature or character; suspicious; shady: something queer in the wording of the document.
3. not physically right or well; giddy, faint, or qualmish.
4. mentally unbalanced or deranged.
5. Slang: Usu. Disparaging and Offensive.
a. homosexual.
b. effeminate.
6. Slang. bad, worthless, or counterfeit.
v.t.
7. to spoil; ruin.
8. to put (a person) in a disadvantageous situation as to success, favor, etc.
n.
9. Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive. (a term used to refer to a homosexual, esp. a male.)
[1500–10; perhaps < German quer oblique, cross, adverse]
queer′ly, adv.
queer′ness, n.
usage: queer has been used as an adjective and noun meaning respectively “homosexual” and “a homosexual” since the 1920s, and for much of the time has been used in a disparaging manner. Since about 1990 the word has increasingly been adopted as a preferred term by young or radical homosexuals and in the academic community. In the mainstream homosexual community, however, gay and lesbian remain the terms of choice.

queer

- Comes from the German root quer, "across, oblique, perverse."
See also related terms for perverse.

queer


Past participle: queered
Gerund: queering

Imperative
queer
queer
Present
I queer
you queer
he/she/it queers
we queer
you queer
they queer
Preterite
I queered
you queered
he/she/it queered
we queered
you queered
they queered
Present Continuous
I am queering
you are queering
he/she/it is queering
we are queering
you are queering
they are queering
Present Perfect
I have queered
you have queered
he/she/it has queered
we have queered
you have queered
they have queered
Past Continuous
I was queering
you were queering
he/she/it was queering
we were queering
you were queering
they were queering
Past Perfect
I had queered
you had queered
he/she/it had queered
we had queered
you had queered
they had queered
Future
I will queer
you will queer
he/she/it will queer
we will queer
you will queer
they will queer
Future Perfect
I will have queered
you will have queered
he/she/it will have queered
we will have queered
you will have queered
they will have queered
Future Continuous
I will be queering
you will be queering
he/she/it will be queering
we will be queering
you will be queering
they will be queering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been queering
you have been queering
he/she/it has been queering
we have been queering
you have been queering
they have been queering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been queering
you will have been queering
he/she/it will have been queering
we will have been queering
you will have been queering
they will have been queering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been queering
you had been queering
he/she/it had been queering
we had been queering
you had been queering
they had been queering
Conditional
I would queer
you would queer
he/she/it would queer
we would queer
you would queer
they would queer
Past Conditional
I would have queered
you would have queered
he/she/it would have queered
we would have queered
you would have queered
they would have queered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.queer - offensive term for an openly homosexual manqueer - offensive term for an openly homosexual man
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
gay man, shirtlifter - a homosexual man
Verb1.queer - hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) ofqueer - hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
disappoint, let down - fail to meet the hopes or expectations of; "Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"
foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, forbid - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"
dash - destroy or break; "dashed ambitions and hopes"
short-circuit - hamper the progress of; impede; "short-circuit warm feelings"
ruin - destroy or cause to fail; "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"
2.queer - put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
affect, bear upon, impact, bear on, touch on, touch - have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
compromise - expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute; "The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy"
Adj.1.queer - beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; "a curious hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular behavior"
strange, unusual - being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird; "a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has"
2.queer - homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
homosexual - sexually attracted to members of your own sex

queer

adjective
2. (Informal, derogatory) gay, camp, homosexual, pink (informal) contemporary queer culture
3. faint, dizzy, giddy, queasy, light-headed, reeling Wine before beer and you'll feel queer.
noun
1. (Informal, derogatory) homosexual, queen (informal), gay, lesbian, homo (informal, derogatory), pansy (informal, derogatory), poof (Brit. & Austral. derogatory slang), batty boy (slang), shirt-lifter (derogatory slang), woofter (derogatory slang) She knows more queers than I do.
verb spoil help, aid, boost, enhance
Usage: Although the term queer meaning `gay' is still considered derogatory when used by non-gays, it is now being used by gay people themselves as a positive term in certain contexts, such as queer politics, queer cinema. Nevertheless, many gay people would not wish to have the term applied to them, nor would they use it of themselves.

queer

adjective
2. Causing puzzlement; perplexing:
Translations
شَخْص لواطيغَريب، غَريبلوطي، مُصاب بِشُذوذ جِنْسيمُتَوَعِّك المَزاج
особенстраненхомосексуаленчудат
buzikhomoušpodivnýpřihřátýšpatně
bøssehomoseksuelsygunderligutilpas
hinttiomituinenoutopervo
buzifurcsa
lasinn, slappurundarlegur
lytiškai iškrypęs
dīvainshomoseksuālistshomoseksuālsneparastsnevesels
buzerantpociťujúci nevoľnosť
nenavaden

queer

[kwɪəʳ]
A. ADJ (queerer (compar) (queerest (superl)))
1. (= odd) → raro, extraño
there's something queer going onpasa algo raro or extraño
there was a queer noise coming from the kitchenhabía un ruido raro en la cocina
to be queer in the headandar mal de la cabeza
to be in Queer Street (Brit) → estar en apuros
2. (Brit) (o.f.) (= ill) to feel queerno sentirse bien, encontrarse mal
to come over queerponerse malo
3. (o.f., pej) (= homosexual) → maricón, marica
B. N (= homosexual) → maricón m, marica m
C. VT to queer sb's pitchfastidiar a algn

queer

[ˈkwɪər]
adj
(old-fashioned) (= odd) → étrange, curieux/euse
(offensive) (= homosexual) [man] → pédé
(= gay) [culture, activism, politics] → homo
(British) (= sick) I feel queer → je ne me sens pas bien
n
(offensive)pédé m

queer

adj (+er)
(= strange)eigenartig, seltsam, komisch; (= eccentric)komisch, kauzig; (inf: = mentally unbalanced) → nicht ganz richtig (im Kopf) (inf); a queer-sounding nameein komischer Name; he’s a bit queer in the head (inf)er ist nicht ganz richtig im Kopf (inf); doesn’t it feel queer being the only woman?kommst du dir nicht komisch vor als einzige Frau?
(= causing suspicion)verdächtig, nicht ganz hasenrein (inf); there’s something queer about itda ist etwas faul dran (inf)
(inf) (= unwell)unwohl; (= peculiar) feelingkomisch; I feel queer (= unwell)mir ist nicht gut; (= peculiar)mir ist ganz komisch (inf); I came over all queermir wurde ganz anders (inf)or komisch (inf)
(pej inf: = homosexual) → schwul (inf)
n (pej inf: = homosexual) → Schwule(r) mf (inf)
vt (inf: = spoil) → versauen (inf), → vermasseln (inf); to queer somebody’s pitch (inf)jdm einen Strich durch die Rechnung machen

queer

[kwɪəʳ]
1. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl)))
a. (odd) → strano/a, curioso/a, singolare
he's a queer customer → è un tipo strano
there's something queer going on here → qui c'è qualcosa che non va
queer in the head (fam) → tocco/a, picchiato/a
b. (ill) → strano/a, non giusto/a
to feel queer → sentirsi poco bene
c. (fam, offensive) (homosexual) → omosessuale
d. (suspicious) → dubbio/a, sospetto/a
2. n (old) (fam, offensive, YYY) (male homosexual) → finocchio
3. vt to queer sb's pitch (fam) → rovinare tutto a qn, rompere le uova nel paniere a qn

queer

(kwiə) adjective
1. odd, strange or unusual. queer behaviour; queer noises in the middle of the night.
2. sick; unwell. I do feel a bit queer – perhaps I ate too many oysters.
3. (slang) homosexual.
noun
a homosexual.
ˈqueerly adverb
ˈqueerness noun

queer

a. raro-a, excéntrico-a; [slang] homosexual, invertido, maricón.
References in classic literature ?
Fortunately it was early, and they went through back streets, so few people saw them, and no one laughed at the queer party.
Old Edward King was small of stature and when he passed people in the street laughed a queer un- mirthful laugh.
To save you the trouble of wading through a lot of scientific detail, which I know you don't care about, I'll tell you that the story is about a queer idol of solid gold, weighing many pounds, and, in consequence, of great value.
Queer little red bugs came out and moved in slow squadrons around me.
It was situated at the top of the house, made up of odd angles and a queer, sloping ceiling.
Still I will proudly declare that there is something queer about it.
Well, I think also, you know, of this queer business of ours.
Now, the people of the Pequod had been baling some time in this way; several tubs had been filled with the fragrant sperm; when all at once a queer accident happened.
Although my book is intended mainly for the en- tertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.
Since she had been living in other people's houses and had had no Ayah, she had begun to feel lonely and to think queer thoughts which were new to her.
I glanced askance at this strange creature, and found him watching me with his queer, restless eyes.
To these people, native and European, he was a queer fish, but they were used to queer fish, and they took him for granted; the world was full of odd persons, who did odd things; and perhaps they knew that a man is not what he wants to be, but what he must be.