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.

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.]

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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. Robert Jeffress:

    In suggesting that God is ‘queer’ Swarthmore College is guilty of nothing short of modern day idolatry, when you read the Bible you will discover that God reserved His harshest condemnation for individuals and nations that practiced idolatry – creating an imaginary god who conformed to a culture’s immorality.

  2. Wyn Wiley:

    Queer people are really kept out of the outdoors, i'm really trying to rewrite that story for Wyn Wiley and other people.

  3. Alfred Martin:

    Lil Nas X is absolutely important, but Lil Nas X also is very much built on a history of other Black, queer and queer-adjacent artists who walked so Lil Nas X could run.

  4. Hamed Sinno:

    There are a bunch of us who are queer, who feel assaulted by that attack who can't mourn because we're also from Muslim families, and we exist.

  5. Jill Gutowitz:

    Queer adults have only just started seeing themselves represented by highly visible celebrities in the past few years, but teens and children -- Siwa's audience -- still don't have many out, queer, highly visible pop culture figures to look to.

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    a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out
    • A. interrogate
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    • C. carry
    • D. jeopardize

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