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Pronunciation: /wɪəd
 
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Definition of weird in English:

adjective

1Suggesting something supernatural; unearthly: weird, inhuman sounds
More example sentences
  • I have managed to unearth yet more weird and almost unbelievable tales from this strange civilisation.
  • Thousands of people have experienced mysterious lights and weird sounds above the ancient fort at Cley Hill during the past 40 years.
  • It was called the ‘Black Hole’ and was as dark and weird as its name suggests.
Synonyms
uncanny, eerie, unnatural, preternatural, supernatural, unearthly, other-worldly, unreal, ghostly, mysterious, mystifying, strange, abnormal, unusual;
Scottish eldritch
informal creepy, spooky, freaky
British informal rum
1.1 informal Very strange; bizarre: a weird coincidence all sorts of weird and wonderful characters
More example sentences
  • I love that I can experience different, strange, weird and wonderful things wherever I go.
  • Hundreds of bargain hunters flocked to Leeds at the weekend to snap up the uniquely weird and wonderful outfits being sold by Opera North's costume department.
  • We're going to see some fairly weird and wonderful looking footwear.
Synonyms
2 archaic Connected with fate.

noun

archaic , chiefly Scottish Back to top  
A person’s destiny.

verb

[with object] (weird someone out) North American informal Back to top  
Induce a sense of disbelief or alienation in someone: blue eyes weirded him out, and Ivan’s were especially creepy
More example sentences
  • I am receiving SMS's and phone calls (which I am not answering) that are completely weirding me out.
  • Let's ignore for a moment the fact that it is my 28th Birthday today, and that I am completely weirded out by that.
  • It's so… well… to be completely honest with you… I'm completely weirded out by it.

Origin

Old English wyrd 'destiny', of Germanic origin. The adjective ( late Middle English) originally meant 'having the power to control destiny', and was used especially in the Weird Sisters, originally referring to the Fates, later the witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth; the latter use gave rise to the sense 'unearthly' (early 19th century).

Derivatives

weirdly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Experiment with different colours to get strangely wonderful or weirdly dreadful results.
  • Hayley presses him on why he's been acting so weirdly around her.
  • I'm of a fairly average height, and find the seating quite uncomfortable due to the weirdly placed headrests.

weirdness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Her photographic and video work revels in the essential weirdness of the world of tunnels and manholes.
  • You create a few simple rules, then sit back and watch what weirdness ensues.
  • His comedy, meanwhile, takes the familiar and zooms in tight enough to find the weirdness lurking there.

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