- 1Strange; odd: she had a queer feeling that they were being watchedMore example sentences
odd, strange, unusual, funny, peculiar, curious, bizarre, weird, outlandish, eccentric, unconventional, unorthodox, uncanny, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, anomalous, atypical, untypical, different, out of the ordinary, out of the way, extraordinary, remarkable, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, unaccountable, incongruous, uncommon, irregular, outré, offbeat, singular, deviant, aberrant, freak, freakish; suspicious, dubious, questionable; eerie, unnatural; Scottish unco• informal fishy, creepy, spooky, freakyBritish • informal rumNorth American • informal off the wallbizarrosuspicious, suspect, irregular, questionable, dubious, doubtful, funny, mysterious, murky, dark, criminal, dishonest, corrupt, nefarious, crafty, deceitful, shifty, underhand, dishonourable, unscrupulous, unprincipled, fraudulent, illegal, unlawful
- Something in Dana's head felt weird, but not any stranger than the queer feeling in her heart.
- I invite you to relive this most extraordinary of expeditions with me as we explore the strange and queer lands of England, Scotland, and the airport in Germany.
- The only strange thing was a queer kind of mound, in a glade by the bank of a stream.
- 1.1 [predic.] British • informal , • dated Slightly ill: he was feeling rather queerMore example sentencesSynonymsill, unwell, poorly, bad, out of sorts, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out, faint, dizzy, giddy; British off, off colour• informal under the weather, below par, not up to par, funny, peculiar, rough, lousy, rotten, awful, terrible, dreadfulBritish • informal grotty, ropyAustralian/New Zealand • informal crook• vulgar slang crappy• dated seedy• rare peaked, peakish
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- Spoil or ruin (an agreement, event, or situation): Reg didn’t want someone meddling and queering the deal at the last minuteMore example sentences
spoil, damage, impair, harm, be detrimental to, mar, wreck, destroy, devastate, smash, shatter, scupper, scotch, disrupt, undo, thwart, hinder, foil, ruin, blight, injure, cripple, hurt, jeopardize, endanger, imperil, threaten, put at risk, undermine, prejudice, be prejudicial to, be disadvantageous to, play havoc with, be deleterious to, compromise• informal botch, blow, put the kibosh on
- Aware, in his mid-forties, that all the time off for cricket had queered his prospects for mainstream advancement at the bank, Alan seized the new career opportunity.
- My dismount, however, would have queered my chances for even the bronze.
- And it's the families that could wind up queering this deal.
in Queer Street
- British • informal , • dated In difficulty, typically by being in debt.More example sentencesSynonymsimpoverished, poor, penniless, penurious, in penury, indigent, insolvent, impecunious, moneyless, hard up, poverty-stricken, needy, in need, in want, destitute; poor as a church mouse, without a sou, in straitened circumstances, on one's beam ends, unable to make ends meet; British on the breadline, without a penny (to one's name)• informal broke, flat broke, strapped for cash, cleaned out, strapped, on one's uppers, without two pennies/brass farthings to rub togetherNorth American • informal stone broke• rare pauperized, beggared
queer fish British • informal
- A person whose behaviour seems strange or unusual: they have invariably chosen the queer fish in preference to the more or less recognisable member of the human raceMore example sentences
- The musical is a queer fish, but youth theatre thrives on such challenges.
queer someone's pitch
- British Spoil someone’s plans or chances of doing something, especially secretly or maliciously.More example sentences
- This is the time of the year, when commercial establishments queer their pitch for selling their products.
- It would seem likely that there is at least an oral agreement that Corel will not start any more such lawsuits to queer Microsoft 's pitch in the corporate marketplace.
- Nor did he want to queer his pitch with the Labour leadership, when he decided to press forward with his avowed intention to seek re-entry to the party at a later date.
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- Queer and queerish films have come increasingly de rigueur in the modern cinema landscape, with a subsequent broadening of the types of queers portrayed.
- ‘I am just off to India …’, EM Forster wrote to his publisher in a letter disclosed for the first time yesterday, ‘I expect to have an interesting time and penetrate into queerish places.’
- The ex-senator as full of queerish ideas as usual.
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- Although his tone was practical I thought I could catch an undernote of dismay queerly mixed with relief.
- It was as if Nabokov had glimpsed the legions of Barthesans (rhymes with partisans) coming around some queerly straightened bend in time, and liked what he saw.
- The order forbade them from ‘approving of’ or ‘permitting’ a sick-out, queerly assuming that they might have the power to prevent one.
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- William Blackwood and Sons, publishers of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, had been stomaching queerness and Scotchness - and much else besides - for the best part of a century.
- Society would be more interested in studying the artistic and literary tradition associated with queerness than it would be in researching the causes and effects of homosexuality.
- Widespread violence meeting assertions of queerness and women's rights indicate the fundamental challenges that these movements embody.
early 16th century: considered to be from German quer 'oblique, perverse', but the origin is doubtful.
The word queer was first used to mean ‘homosexual’ in the early 20th century: it was originally, and usually still is, a deliberately offensive and aggressive term when used by heterosexual people. In recent years, however, gay people have taken the word queer and deliberately used it in place of gay or homosexual, in an attempt, by using the word positively, to deprive it of its negative power. This use of queer is now well established and widely used among gay people (especially as an adjective or noun modifier, as in queer rights ; queer-bashing ) and at present exists alongside the other use.