QUEER

curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy, singular

(adjective) beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; “a curious hybrid accent”; “her speech has a funny twang”; “they have some funny ideas about war”; “had an odd name”; “the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves”; “something definitely queer about this town”; “what a rum fellow”; “singular behavior”

gay, queer, homophile

(adjective) homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

fagot, faggot, fag, fairy, nance, pansy, queen, queer, poof, poove, pouf

(noun) offensive term for a homosexual man

queer, expose, scupper, endanger, peril

(verb) put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position

thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk

(verb) hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; “What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth’s amazing September surge”; “foil your opponent”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Adjective

queer (comparative queerer, superlative queerest)

(dated) Weird, odd or different; whimsical. [from 16th c.]

(Britain, informal, dated) Slightly unwell (mainly in "to feel queer"). [from 18th c.]

(colloquial, sometimes, pejorative) Homosexual. [from 19th c.]

(colloquial, sometimes, pejorative) Not heterosexual, or not cisgender: homosexual, bisexual, asexual, transgender, etc.

(broadly) Pertaining to sexual or gender behaviour or identity which does not conform to conventional heterosexual or cisgender norms, assumptions etc. [from 20th c.]

Usage notes

Queer, in the sense of "gay" or "non-heterosexual", has gone in and out of use as a pejorative and as a self-identifier a number of times: it began to be used to describe gay people in the late 1800s (e.g. in an 1894 letter by John Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry), and became more widespread in the US and became used as a self-identifier by American gay men by the 1910s, continuing into the 1950s, though by the 1940s younger ones considered it pejorative and preferred gay, which had been in used since the 1930s, and had come by the 1950s to encompass the whole LGBT community. Queer began to be reclaimed as a neutral or positive descriptor by the 1980s, at first most prominently by those who wanted to distinguish themselves from gay-identified people they felt had become too conservative and assimilationist. Some other people oppose the term as being still pejorative, or too radical, too informal, or too technical. The pejorative applied mainly to those assigned male at birth who were perceived as homosexual or effeminate; the reclaimed term is used by people of any sex or gender. Sometimes, the word refers only to nonheterosexual people and sexuality (and thus, speakers may contrast e.g. "queer trans women" with "straight trans women"), while at other times the word includes noncisgender people and is analogous to LGBT. (Compare genderqueer.)

• See also Wikipedia.

Synonyms

• (weird, odd or different): See Thesaurus:strange

• (unwell): See Thesaurus:diseased

• (homosexual): See Thesaurus:homosexual

• (unconventional sexual behavior)

Noun

queer (plural queers)

(colloquial, sometimes, pejorative) A person who is or appears homosexual, or who has homosexual qualities.

(colloquial, sometimes, pejorative) A person of any non-heterosexual sexuality or sexual identity.

(colloquial, sometimes, pejorative) A person of any genderqueer identity.

(definite, with "the", informal, archaic) Counterfeit money.

Synonyms: funny money, snide

Usage notes

• See the notes on the adjective (above) for more on the meaning of the term.

• Regarding the use of the term as a noun, compare the usage notes about gay.

Synonyms

• (homosexual person): See Thesaurus:homosexual person

Hypernyms

• LGBTQ, QUILTBAG

Verb

queer (third-person singular simple present queers, present participle queering, simple past and past participle queered)

(transitive, dated) To render an endeavor or agreement ineffective or null.

Synonym: invalidate

(UK, dialect, dated) To puzzle.

(slang, dated) To ridicule; to banter; to rally.

(slang, dated) To spoil the effect or success of, as by ridicule; to throw a wet blanket on; to spoil.

(social science) To reevaluate or reinterpret (a work) with an eye to sexual orientation and/or to gender, as by applying queer theory.

Adverb

queer (comparative more queer, superlative most queer)

Queerly.

Source: Wiktionary


Queer, a. [Compar. Queerer; superl. Queerest.] Etym: [G. quer cross, oblique, athwart (cf. querkopf a queer fellow), OHG. twer, twerh, dwerah; akin to D. dvars, AS, þweorh thwart, bent, twisted, Icel. þverr thwart, transverse, Goth. þwaìrhs angry, and perh. to L. torqyere to twist, and E. through. Cf. Torture, Through, Thwart, a.]

1. At variance with what is usual or normal; differing in some odd way from what is ordinary; odd; singular; strange; whimsical; as, a queer story or act. " A queer look." W. Irving.

2. Mysterious; suspicious; questionable; as, a queer transaction. [Colloq.]

Queer, n.

Definition: Counterfeit money. [Slang] To shove the queer, to put counterfeit money in circulation. [Slang]

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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