What does queer mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy, singularadjective

    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"

  2. gay, queer, homophile(a)verb

    homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

  3. thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilkverb

    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

    "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"

  4. queer, expose, scupper, endanger, perilverb

    put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position


  1. queernoun

    A person who is or appears homosexual, or who has homosexual qualities.

  2. queernoun

    A person of atypical sexuality or sexual identity.

  3. queernoun

    General term of abuse, casting aspersions on target's sexuality; compare gay.

  4. queernoun

    Counterfeit money.

  5. queerverb

    To render an endeavor or agreement ineffective or null.

  6. queerverb

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

  7. queeradverb


  8. queeradjective

    (somewhat old-fashioned) weird, odd or different.

  9. queeradjective

    (somewhat old-fashioned) slightly unwell (mainly in to feel queer).

  10. queeradjective


  11. queeradjective

    having to do with homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism etc.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. QUEERadjective

    Odd; strange; original; particular.

    Etymology: of this word the original is not known: a correspondent supposes a queer man to be one who has a quære to his name in a list.

    He never went to bed till two in the morning, because he would not be a queer fellow; and was every now and then knocked down by a constable, to signalize his vivacity. Speci.


  1. Queer

    Queer is an umbrella term for people who are not heterosexual or cisgender. Originally meaning "strange" or "peculiar", queer came to be used pejoratively against those with same-sex desires or relationships in the late 19th century. Beginning in the late 1980s, queer activists, such as the members of Queer Nation, began to reclaim the word as a deliberately provocative and politically radical alternative to the more assimilationist branches of the LGBT community.In the 21st century, queer became increasingly used to describe a broad spectrum of non-normative sexual and/or gender identities and politics. Academic disciplines such as queer theory and queer studies share a general opposition to binarism, normativity, and a perceived lack of intersectionality, some of them only tangentially connected to the LGBT movement. Queer arts, queer cultural groups, and queer political groups are examples of modern expressions of queer identities. Critics of the use of the term include members of the LGBT community who associate the term more with its colloquial, derogatory usage, those who wish to dissociate themselves from queer radicalism, and those who see it as amorphous and trendy. Queer is sometimes expanded to include any non-normative sexuality, including cisgender queer heterosexuality, although some LGBTQ people view this use of the term as appropriation.


  1. queer

    Queer is a term used to describe diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions that do not align with traditional societal norms surrounding gender and sexuality. It is often used as an umbrella term for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or others who do not fit into these categories. Additionally, queer can refer to a political and social movement advocating for acceptance, visibility, and rights for these individuals. The term has been reclaimed by the LGBTQ+ community as a way to embrace and celebrate non-normative identities and experiences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Queeradjective

    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

  2. Queeradjective

    mysterious; suspicious; questionable; as, a queer transaction

  3. Queernoun

    counterfeit money

  4. Etymology: [G. quer cross, oblique, athwart (cf. querkopf a queer fellow), OHG. twer, twerh, dwerah; akin to D. dvars, AS, weorh thwart, bent, twisted, Icel. verr thwart, transverse, Goth. warhs angry, and perh. to L. torqyere to twist, and E. through. Cf. Torture, Through, Thwart, a.]


  1. Queer

    Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities that are not heterosexual, heteronormative, or gender-binary. The term is generally controversial because it was reappropriated to an extent in the 1990s from its use as an anti-gay epithet. Furthermore, some LGBT people disapprove of using queer as a catch-all because they consider it offensive, derisive or self-deprecating given its continuous use as a form of hate speech. Other LGBT people may avoid queer because they associate it with political radicalism, or simply because they perceive it as the faddish slang of a "younger generation."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Queer

    kwēr, adj. odd, singular, quaint: open to suspicion, dubious: counterfeit: having a sensation of coming sickness.—v.t. (slang) to banter, ridicule.—adj. Queer′ish, somewhat singular.—n. Queer′ity (rare).—adv. Queer′ly.—n. Queer′ness.—Queer Street, the imaginary residence of persons in financial and other difficulties.—A queer fish (see Fish); Shove the queer (slang), to pass bad money. [Low Ger. queer, across, oblique (Ger. quer); cf. Thwart.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. QUEER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Queer is ranked #70403 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Queer surname appeared 278 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Queer.

    96.7% or 269 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of queer in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of queer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of queer in a Sentence

  1. Rainbow Alliance co-president Renata Francesco:

    Part of me is hopeful that they’ll start taking this attitude of listening to queer student and queer voices, because there are so many on this campus and just in life.

  2. Louisa May Alcott:

    Girls are so queer you never know what they mean. They say No when they mean Yes, and drive a man out of his wits for the fun of it.

  3. Ben Lewis:

    These stories offer comfort and escapism, it's something queer audiences haven't had a lot of. There has got to be room for fluff, for lack of a better term, and seeing queer representation in all genres, even where it hasn't been seen before.

  4. Faris Saad:

    A lot of kids we play to...they've never met queer people before, they don't have queer friends.

  5. Kittredge Cherry:

    The queer Christ is necessary because conservatives are using Christian rhetoric to justify discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

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