queer

Definitions

  • The queer old lady who went to college
    The queer old lady who went to college
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj queer 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"
    • adj queer homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
    • v queer put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
    • v queer hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge","foil your opponent"
    • n queer offensive term for an openly homosexual man
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The Queer Side of Things The Queer Side of Things
"OH, MY! LOOK AT THIS QUEER-LOOKING GOAT WITH THREE HORNS. DON'T HE LOOK FIERCE?" "OH, MY! LOOK AT THIS QUEER-LOOKING GOAT WITH THREE HORNS. DON'T HE LOOK FIERCE?"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Staten Island, New York it is illegal for a father to call his son a 'faggot' or 'queer' in an effort to curb 'girlie' behavior.
    • Queer a homosexual.
    • Queer 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."
    • Queer Counterfeit money.
    • Queer homosexual.
    • Queer Mysterious; suspicious; questionable; as, a queer transaction.
    • Queer To puzzle.
    • Queer To ridicule; to banter; to rally.
    • Queer To spoil the effect or success of, as by ridicule; to throw a wet blanket on; to spoil.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • queer Appearing, behaving, or feeling otherwise than is usual or normal; odd; singular; droll; whimsical; quaint.
    • queer Open to suspicion; doubtful in point of honesty.
    • queer Counterfeit; worthless.
    • queer Having a sensation of sudden or impending illness; sick or languid.
    • queer Synonyms Strange, Odd, etc. (see eccentric), curious, extraordinary, unique, fantastic.
    • n queer Counterfeit money; “green goods.”
    • queer To banter; ridicule; deride.
    • queer To puzzle.
    • n queer An obsolete form of quire.
    • n queer One of the joints or division-planes of queery rock.
    • queer To put wrong (unexpectedly); throw out of its proper status or working; ruin the success of; render useless by interference or infelicitous aid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Queer kwēr odd, singular, quaint: open to suspicion, dubious: counterfeit: having a sensation of coming sickness
    • v.t Queer (slang) to banter, ridicule
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Quotations

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    “Conceit is a queer disease -- it makes everyone Sick except the person who has it.”
  • Louisa May Alcott
    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.”
  • Allen Ginsberg
    Allen Ginsberg
    “America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.”
  • John Galsworthy
    John Galsworthy
    “When Man evolved Pity, he did a queer thing -- deprived himself of the power of living life as it is without wishing it to become something different.”
  • Virginia Woolf
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    “I was in a queer mood, thinking myself very old: but now I am a woman again -- as I always am when I write.”

Idioms

Queer fish - (UK) A strange person is a queer fish.
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Queer Street - If someone is in a lot of trouble, especially financial, they are in Queer Street.
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Queer your pitch - If someone queers your pitch, they interfere in your affairs and spoil things.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)

Usage

In literature:

It was a queer plight to be in.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
It had been a queer year for Mr Snaggs.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
With a queer grinding noise the engine stopped.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
But the Congdons are all queer.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Clo remembered both, with a queer, sick pang.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
It was hard to understand this queer girl.
"Mary Louise in the Country" by L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
If she will only fall in love with Ned I'll forgive her all the queer things she is always doing.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Of course he wore a beard; in those days he would have been thought queer if he had not.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
In his intense desire to see the effect of the queerly chosen place on his queerly chosen companion, he now turned to him.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
It's queer how they're crazy for physic.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
I tried to do it last night, and made my eyes feel so queer that I was not sure they would get right by morning.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
He wasn't queer; he was awfully nice.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
There were three single women living together in a queer rambling house that had been added to, and raised in places.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Just now he fancied it looked forth at him queerly insistent.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Mr. Adams would sound queer.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The queer-looking girl was running from the very queer-looking boy, and both were laughing loudly.
"Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country" by Joel Chandler Harris
Oh, you queer, queer people!
"A Young Mutineer" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
How queer that was, too, when she had talked for hours to the babies.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
Queer little red sparks squirmed and danced before her eyes.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
To-day I came on the train as far as it went, then in the stage with the queer driver blowing a horn.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
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In poetry:

In that hour when all is quiet
Sang he songs of noise and riot,
In a voice so loud and queer
That I wakened up to hear.
"The Waster Singing at Midnight" by Robert Fuller Murray
Chorus:
Now when a fellow takes a run
To England for a bit of fun,
He’s sure to ’stonish everyone
With the queer ways of Australia.
"The Queer Ways Of Australia" by Charles R Thatcher
"It's queer that I should see them so-
The time they came to Bethlehem
Was more than thirty years ago;
I've prayed that all is well with them."
"The Maid-Servant At The Inn" by Dorothy Parker
"He watched how the townsfolk hurried
Eagerly to and fro;
He heard the voice of his mother,
Quiet and brave and low;
And he saw his father shoulder
A queer old gun and go.
"July" by Nancy Byrd Turner
There they sat looking queer, for an hour or more,
But their feller passinger neather on 'em sore:
Never, never back again did that lady come
To that pooty sleeping Hinfnt a suckin of his Thum!
"The Lamentable Ballad Of The Foundling Of Shoreditch" by William Makepeace Thackeray
When I wander down that evenin', she come smilin' to the gate,
An' her look is calculatin', as she scolds because I'm late.
She takes my hat an' sits me down an' heaves a little sigh.
But I get a queer sensation from that glimmer in her eye.
"Red Robin" by C J Dennis

In news:

Jewish group asks Pride to ban Queers Against Israeli Apartheid .
Avant-garde film, art, and live performances come to Brooklyn this week at the 25th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival.
Mykki Blanco 's Mutant Radio Rap Kills 'Queer Rap' Dead.
Queer kids especially at danger in school.
Actor Ezra Miller, soon to be seen as a gay high school student in the film adaptation of the much loved novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, says he identifies as queer.
The often unseen moments of alienation felt by LGBT youth are assembled in a touching web video, which comes from activists in the Netherlands but that will feel relatable to anyone who grew up queer.
Looking for a queer Laundromat.
Amish, Hippies , and Queers, Oh My.
Queer & confused: 'I find myself wondering if I'm somehow straight after all'.
Queer by Choice, Not by Chance: Against Being 'Born This Way'.
They're part of the Q Center's Queer Heroes Northwest exhibit.
The Q Center officially unveils its multi-media show Queer Heroes Northwest on Thursday night.
' Queer Style: From The Closet to The Catwalks' Fashion Exhibit Coming to FIT.
Queer Eye for a Great Guy.
Jazz and the Queer Aesthetic.
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In science:

Nazarov M., Yangian of the queer Lie superalgebra, Comm.
Yangian of the Strange Lie Superalgebra of $\boldsymbol{Q_{n-1}}$ Type, Drinfel'd Approach
In addition to the expected examples of the modular versions of Lie superalgebras of vector f ields, and the queer analog of the gl series, there are – for p = 2 – numerous (and hitherto unexpected) queerif ications, see .
Classification of Finite Dimensional Modular Lie Superalgebras with Indecomposable Cartan Matrix
In the text-book [Ls] it is demonstrated that there are two superizations of gl(n): a naive one, gl(n|m), and the “queer” one, q(n) which preserves an “odd” complex structure.
Infinitesimal deformations of symmetric simple modular Lie algebras and Lie superalgebras
Frisk, Typical blocks of the category O for the queer Lie superalgebra. J.
Degenerate Affine Hecke-Clifford Algebras and Type $Q$ Lie Superalgebras
Zhao, Representations of Lie Superalgebras in Prime Characteristic II: The Queer Series.
Degenerate Affine Hecke-Clifford Algebras and Type $Q$ Lie Superalgebras
There is a logical possibility that something queer, like higher-derivative terms, contributes to the index and this cancels the contribution of the flux induced by the bosonic loop.
Witten index in supersymmetric 3d theories revisited
Quarta, Algebras in sets of queer functions, Israel J.
Algebrability, non-linear properties, and special functions
These are the so-called queer (or strange) Lie superalgebras q(n), introduced by V.
Bounded highest weight modules of q(n)
The queer nature of q(n) is partly due to the nonabelian structure of its Cartan subalgebra h which has a nontrivial odd part h¯1 .
Bounded highest weight modules of q(n)
Among the most interesting cases not included in the latter classification is the case of q(n) (or, equivalently, of the simple queer Lie superalgebra psq(n)).
Bounded highest weight modules of q(n)
In view of this, our result can be considered as the queer analog of the description of the gln -bounded weights.
Bounded highest weight modules of q(n)
Let V1 be an (m, m)-dimensional linear superspace and q(V1 ) = q(m) = C (J ) be the queer Lie superalgebra with the standard representation in V1 .
Maximal subalgebras of matrix Lie superalgebras
HD 45166 was assigned the spectral type qWR, where q stands for quasi rather than queer (Steiner and Oliveira 2005), but we think the star is both.
Astrophysics in 2006
This already queer scenario concerning energy becomes even more puzzling if we try to push our picture that radiation must have been prevailing also in the earlier history, by assuming a constant photon number .
Speakable and unspeakable in cosmology: dark matter vs. gravitational self energies. Hubble's constant, the cosmological term and all that
We do not know why the quark masses follow the pattern observed in nature, nor do we understand the equally queer pattern of lepton masses.
Foundations and Scope of Chiral Perturbation Theory
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