Definition of weird in English:


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Pronunciation: /wɪəd


  • 2 archaic Connected with fate.


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


[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
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


More 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.


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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