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weird

Syllabification: weird
Pronunciation: /wird
 
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Definition of weird in English:

adjective

1Suggesting something supernatural; uncanny: the weird crying of a seal
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, supernatural, unearthly, otherworldly, ghostly, mysterious, strange, abnormal, unusual;
informal creepy, spooky, freaky
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
1.2 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.
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).

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  • To the Anglo-Saxons weird was a noun, spelled wyrd and meaning ‘fate, destiny’. The Weirds were the Fates, the three Greek goddesses who presided over the birth and life of humans. The adjective originally meant ‘having the power to control destiny’, and was used especially from the Middle Ages in the Weird Sisters, for the Fates, and later also the witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth. The modern use, ‘very strange, bizarre’, as in weird and wonderful, dates from the 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.

Words that rhyme with weird

beard

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