Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being queer.
- n. the quality of being queer
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being queer.
- n. a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex
- n. a strange attitude or habit
- queer + -ness (Wiktionary)
“Among those who called for writers to address the issue, Alfred Kazin wrote: "I don't care for novelists who ignore what H.G. Wells himself called the 'queerness' that has come into contemporary life since the bomb.”
“Trans*ism, like queerness, is also considered by transphobic/heterosexist society a disease and a stain upon humanity.”
“If this were about “Castro Books of Queerness”, to argue that this or that work wasn’t utilising queerness, or that it was somehow still a good book for various specific qualities (i.e. despite the queerness) would be to tacitly accept the principle that queerness is morally wrong.”
“Thing is, a bit like punk, queerness is an attitude that informs everything I do, rather than something I personally have to express (others like Fausto Fearnos, Yeast Radio and LuckyBitch do those far better than moi anyway!) but it doesn’t mean I’m not a big ol’ queen sometimes and if I’m a fairy fluttering near a microphone you’ll hear it!”
“Yet in such cases the queerness was the very thing that was being condemned, because it proved that, after all, they are even worse than the rest of us.”
“First, there is what one might term the queerness of the mental if conceived of as non-physical.”
“But I shall say no more at present, as her queerness is the subject of the rest of this story.”
“Although not coming out of the closet until after winning second place on American Idol (is two the new one?), he made his "queerness" blatantly clear with his antics and costuming.”
“The doctor made a mental reflection as to the "queerness" of women, with their intuitions and unfounded assertions, without reason or logic to guide them, but before he and Mrs. Forester parted that day he had promised to take steps at once.”
“One at least of his classmates, however, saw portents of greatness in Theodore, from their Freshman year, and most of us, even when we were amused and puzzled by his "queerness," were very sure that the man from whom they sprang was not commonplace.”
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