American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Deviating from the expected or normal; strange: a queer situation.
- adj. Odd or unconventional, as in behavior; eccentric. See Synonyms at strange.
- adj. Of a questionable nature or character; suspicious.
- adj. Slang Fake; counterfeit.
- adj. Feeling slightly ill; queasy.
- adj. Offensive Slang Homosexual.
- adj. Usage Problem Of or relating to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, or transgendered people.
- n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a homosexual person.
- n. Usage Problem A lesbian, gay male, bisexual, or transgendered person.
- v. Slang To ruin or thwart: "might try to queer the Games with anything from troop movements . . . to a bomb attack” ( Newsweek).
- v. Slang To put (someone) in a bad position.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Appearing, behaving, or feeling otherwise than is usual or normal; odd; singular; droll; whimsical; quaint.
- Open to suspicion; doubtful in point of honesty.
- Counterfeit; worthless.
- Having a sensation of sudden or impending illness; sick or languid.
- Synonyms Strange, Odd, etc. (see eccentric), curious, extraordinary, unique, fantastic.
- n. Counterfeit money; “green goods.”
- To banter; ridicule; deride.
- To puzzle.
- n. An obsolete form of quire.
- n. One of the joints or division-planes of queery rock.
- To put wrong (unexpectedly); throw out of its proper status or working; ruin the success of; render useless by interference or infelicitous aid.
- adj. weird, odd or different.
- adj. slightly unwell (mainly in to feel queer).
- adj. slang homosexual.
- adj. slang having to do with homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism etc.
- n. colloquial A person who is or appears homosexual, or who has homosexual qualities.
- n. colloquial A person of atypical sexuality or sexual identity.
- n. colloquial, vulgar, derogatory General term of abuse, casting aspersions on target's sexuality; compare gay.
- n. definite, informal Counterfeit money.
- v. To render an endeavor or agreement ineffective or null.
- v. To reevaluate or reinterpret a work with an eye to sexual orientation and/or to gender, as by applying queer theory.
- adv. queerly
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. At variance with what is usual or normal; differing in some odd way from what is ordinary; odd; singular; strange; whimsical.
- adj. colloq. Mysterious; suspicious; questionable.
- adj. disparaging and offensive homosexual.
- n. Slang Counterfeit money.
- n. disparaging and offensive a homosexual.
- v. Prov. Eng. or Slang To puzzle.
- v. Slang To ridicule; to banter; to rally.
- v. Slang To spoil the effect or success of, as by ridicule; to throw a wet blanket on; to spoil.
- adj. homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
- n. offensive term for an openly homosexual man
- v. put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
- adj. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
- v. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
- From Scots, perhaps from Middle Low German (Brunswick dialect) queer ("oblique, off-center"), related to German quer ("diagonally"), from Old High German twerh ("oblique"), from Proto-Indo-European *twerk- (“to turn, twist, wind”). Related to thwart. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from Low German, oblique, off-center, from Middle Low German dwer. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“How queer theory does so can be seen by looking at the term ˜queer™ itself.”
“For example, queer theorists usually argue that one of the advantages of the term ˜queer™ is that it thereby includes transsexuals, sado-masochists, and other marginalized sexualities.”
“Well he _were_ a queer bear -- a _queer_ un -- th '_queerest_ I ever hear tell about.”
“Though one could manage that if it wasn't for her queer temper -- _queer_ indeed! queer's no word for it. ”
“She feels the word queer implies that there is some discrepancy in her desires.”
“The term "queer" was once an epithet, before gays and lesbians deliberately repatriated it for themselves.”
“In 1997, the word queer and all its consistently vague connotations had yet to be introduced into my lexicon.”
“I remember the first high school teacher who, without using the term queer theory, explained the idea that classic texts and films had subtexts that reflected non-normative experiences and that we could find something of our own experiences by looking a little closer.”
“With this in mind (in my opinion), legacy and new LGBT media should reflect in it's coverage that the term queer community isn't interchangeable with term LGBT community”
“In other words, for the most part the nuance of using the term queer is that queer functionally is a subset of the LGBT community -- which is why many people add a Q to LGBT -- but that LGBT isn't a subset of Q.”
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