Definitions for queerness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

queer*kwɪər(adj.; v.; n.)queer•er, queer•est

  1. (adj.)strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; eccentric.

  2. of a questionable nature or character; suspicious; shady:

    something queer in the wording of the document.

  3. not physically right or well; giddy, faint, or qualmish.

  4. mentally unbalanced or deranged.

  5. Slang: Usu. Disparaging and Offensive. homosexual. effeminate.

    Category: Psychiatry, Status (usage)

  6. Slang. bad, worthless, or counterfeit.

    Category: Status (usage)

  7. (v.t.)to spoil; ruin.

  8. to put (a person) in a disadvantageous situation as to success, favor, etc.

  9. (n.)Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.(a term used to refer to a homosexual, esp. a male.)

    Category: Psychiatry, Status (usage)

* Usage: queer has been used as an adjective and noun meaning respectively “homosexual” and “a homosexual” since the 1920s, and for much of the time has been used in a disparaging manner. Since about 1990 the word has increasingly been adopted as a preferred term by young or radical homosexuals and in the academic community. In the mainstream homosexual community, however, gay and lesbian remain the terms of choice.

Origin of queer:

1500–10; perh. < G quer oblique, cross, adverse


Princeton's WordNet

  1. oddity, queerness, quirk, quirkiness, crotchet(noun)

    a strange attitude or habit

  2. homosexuality, homosexualism, homoeroticism, queerness, gayness(noun)

    a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex


  1. queerness(Noun)

    the quality of being queer

Webster Dictionary

  1. Queerness(noun)

    the quality or state of being queer

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