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weird (strange)

Definition:

strikingly odd or unusual

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

weirdness

Derivative:

weirdly

Comparative:

weirder

Superlative:

weirdest

Similar to:

strange

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

"some trick of the moonlight; some weird effect of shadow" - Bram Stoker

Etymology:

Old English wyrd "fate, destiny" (Noun), literally "that which comes", from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of weird...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

weird | dree one's weird [sense-specific] | eerie [synonym, sense-specific] | predict [synonym, sense-specific] | weirdly [adverb, derived]

suggestive of or relating to the supernatural; eerie | strange or bizarre | [archaic] of or relating to fate or the Fates | [archaic, Scottish] fate ... (23 of 483 words, 7 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/weird

Merriam-Webster:

weird [entry 1, noun] | soothsayer [synonym, sense-specific] | fate [synonym, sense-specific] | destiny [synonym, sense-specific]

"fate", "destiny" ; especially, ill fortune | "soothsayer" (7 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/weird

weird [entry 2, adjective] | magical [synonym, sense-specific] | odd [synonym, sense-specific] | fantastic [synonym, sense-specific] | bizarre [synonym, sense-specific] | bizarro [synonym, sense-specific] | cranky [synonym, sense-specific] | crazy [synonym, sense-specific] | curious [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

of, relating to, or caused by witchcraft or the supernatural; "magical" | of strange or extraordinary character; "odd", "fantastic" (18 of 399 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/weird show=1

Oxford Dictionary:

weird | weird someone out | unearthly [synonym, sense-specific] | bizarre [synonym, sense-specific] | weirdly [derived] | weirdness [derived]

suggesting something supernatural; unearthly | [informal] : very strange; bizarre | [archaic] : connected with fate. | [archaic, Scottish] | a ... (17 of 172 words, 7 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/weird

Wiktionary:

weird | weirds [plural] | weirded [past tense] | weirding [present participle] | weirder [comparative] | weirdest [superlative] | wierd [obsolete, sense-specific] | orlay [synonym, sense-specific] | eerie [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic, except in Scottish] Fate; destiny; luck. | A prediction. | [obsolete, Scottish] A spell or charm. | That which comes to pass; a fact. | [archaic, plural] The Fates (personified). | Connected with fate or destiny; able to influence fate. | Of... (37 of 159 words, 14 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/weird

Wikipedia:

Queer (disambiguation) | weird

an umbrella term for sexual minorities. Queer may also refer to: Queer (novel), a 1985 short novel by William S. Burroughs | "Queer" (song), a 1995 song by the band Garbage | Queer (Thompson Twins album), the last album by the Thompson Twins | Queer,... (42 of 118 words, 7 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Queer (disambiguation)

American Heritage Dictionary:

weird | weirded [past tense] | weirding [present participle] | weirds [3rd-person singular present] | weirder [comparative] | weirdest [superlative] | Weird [sense-specific] | weirdly [adverb, related] | weirdness [noun, related]

Of, relating to, or suggestive of the preternatural or supernatural. | Of a strikingly odd or unusual character; strange. | [archaic] Of or relating ... (22 of 100 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/weird

Cambridge Dictionary:

weird | weirdly [adverb, derived] | weirdness [noun, derived]

very strange and unusual, unexpected or not natural (8 of 78 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/weird

New World Dictionary:

weird | weirdly [adverb, related] | weirdness [noun, related]

[obsolete] of fate or destiny | of or about ghosts, evil spirits, or other supernatural things; unearthly, mysterious, eerie, etc. | strikingly odd, ... (21 of 71 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/weird

Macmillan British Dictionary:

weird | weirder [comparative] | weirdest [superlative] | weirdly [adverb, related] | weirdness [noun, uncountable, related]

strange and unusual, sometimes in a way that upsets you (10 of 51 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/weird

Random House Dictionary:

weird | weirder [comparative] | weirdest [superlative] | fate [synonym, definition 6, sense-specific]

involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny. | fantastic; bizarre. | [archaic] concerned with or controlling fate or destiny. | ... (18 of 47 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/weird

Encarta Dictionary:

weird | weirder [comparative] | weirdest [superlative]

strange or unusual | belonging to or suggesting the supernatural | relating to or influenced by fate (archaic) (16 of 48 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861711993​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

weird

Origin: Old English wyrd "fate, destiny" (Noun), literally "that which comes", from Proto-Germanic *wurthis (compare Old Saxon wurd, Old ... (18 of 115 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=weird

Wiktionary:

weird | weirds [plural] | weirded [past tense] | weirding [present participle]

Origin: Middle English werde, wierde, wirde, wyrede, wurde, from Old English wyrd, wurd ("that which happens, fate, chance, fortune, destiny, Fate, the Fates, Providence, event, phenomenon, transaction, fact, ... (27 of 67 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/weird

Oxford Dictionary:

weird | weird someone out

Origin: Old English wyrd "destiny", of Germanic origin. The adjective (late Middle English) originally meant "having the power to control destiny", and ... (21 of 51 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/weird

New World Dictionary:

weird

Origin: Middle English werde, originally noun, fate from Old English wyrd, fate from the base of weorthan, to become (basic sense "what ... (21 of 31 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/weird

American Heritage Dictionary:

weird | weirded [past tense] | weirding [present participle] | weirds [3rd-person singular present] | weirder [comparative] | weirdest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English werde, fate, having power to control fate, from Old English wyrd, fate; see wer- [entry 2] in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/weird

Collins Dictionary:

weird

Origin: Old English (ge) wyrd destiny; related to weorthan to become, Old Norse urthr bane, Old Saxon wurd; see worth2

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/weirdest

Merriam-Webster:

weird [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English wird, werd, from Old English wyrd; akin to Old Norse urthr fate, Old English weorthan to become

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/weird

Encarta Dictionary:

weird | weirder [comparative] | weirdest [superlative]

Origin: Old English wyrd "fate" from Indo-European, "turn"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861711993​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

weird | weirds [plural] | weirded [past tense] | weirding [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "weird"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/weird

Collins Dictionary:

weird

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "weird"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/weird

Cambridge Dictionary:

weird

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "weird"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "weird"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/weird

Macmillan British Dictionary:

weird | weirder [comparative] | weirdest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "weird"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/weird

Macmillan American Dictionary:

weird | weirder [comparative] | weirdest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "weird"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/weird

the Free Dictionary:

weird

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "weird"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "weird"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "weird" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/weird

Google Dictionary:

weird | weirds [plural] | weirded [past tense] | weirding [present participle] | weirder [comparative] | weirdest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "weird"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

weird

Audio: North American pronunciation of "weird"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=weird​001 word=weird

YourDictionary Audio:

weird

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "weird" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/weird

freedictionary.org:

Weird

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Weird" by speech synthesizer

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