queerly


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.queerly - in a strange manner; "a queerly inscribed sheet of paper"
2.queerly - in a questionably unusual manner; "this money had been queerly come by"
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queerly

[ˈkwɪəlɪ] ADV [behave, laugh, dress] → de modo raro or extraño, de forma rara or extraña

queerly

queerly

[ˈkwɪəlɪ] advstranamente

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
References in classic literature ?
I swore in all earnestness that these things were so, and he began to look upon me queerly.
She could not follow the opera nor even listen to the music; she saw only the painted cardboard and the queerly dressed men and women who moved, spoke, and sang so strangely in that brilliant light.
The shaggy man treated him with great respect, because he was so queerly made.
No--I didn't tell any one, Pollyanna," replied the doctor, a little queerly.
We have met already," she said, putting her little hand into the huge hand of Yashvin, whose bashfulness was so queerly out of keeping with his immense frame and coarse face.
And it's just as well they do," she added, "because Bruno likes to cook it himself: and he cooks very queerly.
It seemed a queer affair altogether, and queerly managed; the two old women had made quite a little intricate mess of it; still I found that the uppermost feeling in my mind on the subject was one of satisfaction.
So they unharnessed Jim and took the saddle off the Sawhorse, and the two queerly matched animals were stood side by side for the start.
One of the officers from the other side of the table, smiled queerly.
So low did he crouch that his head, extended horizontally forward, was much lower than his shoulders which were humped up queerly and composed the highest part of him.
The captain of the Makambo (and, before that, the captains of the Moresby, the Masena, the Sir Edward Grace, and various others of the queerly named Burns Philp Company steamers had done the same) was used to pointing him out proudly to the passengers as a man- thing novel and unique in the annals of the sea.
Under his rule are many thousands of the Nomes, who are queerly shaped but powerful sprites that labor at the furnaces and forges of their king, making gold and silver and other metals which they conceal in the crevices of the rocks, so that those living upon the earth's surface can only find them with great difficulty.