Definition of Queer

1. Noun. Offensive term for an openly homosexual man.

Exact synonyms: Fag, Faggot, Fagot, Fairy, Nance, Pansy, Poof, Poove, Pouf, Queen
Language type: Depreciation, Derogation, Disparagement
Generic synonyms: Gay Man, Shirtlifter

2. Verb. Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of. "Sam cannot queer Sue "; "Foil your opponent"

3. Adjective. Beyond or deviating from the usual or expected. "Singular behavior"

4. Verb. Put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position.
Exact synonyms: Endanger, Expose, Peril, Scupper
Generic synonyms: Affect, Bear On, Bear Upon, Impact, Touch, Touch On
Specialized synonyms: Compromise
Derivative terms: Exposure, Peril, Peril, Peril

5. Adjective. Homosexual or arousing homosexual desires.
Exact synonyms: Gay, Homophile
Similar to: Homosexual
Derivative terms: Gay, Gayness, Queerness

Definition of Queer

1. a. At variance with what is usual or normal; differing in some odd way from what is ordinary; odd; singular; strange; whimsical; as, a queer story or act.

2. n. Counterfeit money.

3. v. t. To puzzle.

Definition of Queer

1. Adjective. (''somewhat old-fashioned'') weird, odd or different. ¹

2. Adjective. (''somewhat old-fashioned'') slightly unwell (''mainly in'' ''to feel queer''). ¹

3. Adjective. (slang) homosexual. ¹

4. Adjective. (slang) having to do with homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism etc. ¹

5. Noun. (colloquial) A person who is or appears homosexual, or who has homosexual qualities. ¹

6. Noun. (colloquial) A person of atypical sexuality or sexual identity. ¹

7. Noun. (colloquial vulgar derogatory) General term of abuse, casting aspersions on target's sexuality; compare (term gay). ¹

8. Noun. (context: definite '''the queer''' informal dated or obsolete) Counterfeit money. ¹

9. Verb. To render an endeavor or agreement ineffective or null. ¹

10. Verb. To reevaluate or reinterpret a work with an eye to sexual orientation and/or to gender, as by applying queer theory. ¹

11. Adverb. queerly ¹

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Definition of Queer

1. deviating from the expected or normal [adj QUEERER, QUEEREST] / to spoil the effect or success of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Queer

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queens of spades
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queensland nut
queensland tick typhus
queer bird
queer duck
queer fish
queer someone's pitch
queer theory
queer up

Literary usage of Queer

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster (1874)
"said I to the very queer small boy, ' where do you live ? ... said the very queer small boy, drawing a low breath, and now staring at the house out of ..."

2. The Bookman (1905)
"CHESTERTON'S "THE CLUB OF queer TRADES."* Two or three years ago Mr. Chesterton went up like a rocket, leaving the innocent-minded, English-reading world ..."

3. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1832)
queer Book. 347 ment upon this " New Sketch Book," as it is called in the advertisements, we shall only add, that, though the materials are slight in ..."

4. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1886)
"TALKING of queer things, here comes a queer jumble from a young fellow who says he lives in Maine by the broad blue main; and'that there 's nothing like ..."

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