Definitions for: Queer


[n] offensive terms for an openly homosexual man
[adj] 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] homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
[adj] (informal) not as expected; "there was something fishy about the accident"; "up to some funny business"; "some definitely queer goings-on"; "a shady deal"; "her motives were suspect"; "suspicious behavior"
[v] put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
[v] hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"



Webster (1913) Definition: Queer, v. t. [From Queer, a.]
1. To puzzle. [Prov. Eng. or Slang]

2. To ridicule; to banter; to rally. [Slang]

3. To spoil the effect or success of, as by ridicule; to
throw a wet blanket on; to spoil. [Slang]


Queer, a. [Compar. Queerer; superl. Queerest.] [G.
quer cross, oblique, athwart (cf. querkopf a queer fellow),
OHG. twer, twerh, dwerah; akin to D. dvars, AS,
[thorn]weorh thwart, bent, twisted, Icel. [thorn]verr thwart,
transverse, Goth. [thorn]wa[`i]rhs 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.
Counterfeit money. [Slang]

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

Synonyms: baffle, bilk, cross, curious, endanger, expose, fag, faggot, fagot, fairy, fishy, foil, frustrate, funny, gay, homophile(a), homosexual, nance, odd, pansy, peculiar, peril, poof, poove, pouf, queen, questionable, rum, rummy, scotch, scupper, shady, singular, spoil, strange, suspect, suspicious, thwart, unusual

See Also: affect, bear on, bear upon, compromise, dash, disappoint, double cross, forbid, foreclose, forestall, gay man, impact, let down, preclude, prevent, ruin, shirtlifter, short-circuit, subject, touch, touch on

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Famous Quotes Containing Queer:


When I first started to write, I was aware of being queer, but I didn't write about it. Queer poems would probably not have been accepted by the editors I sent them to.

-- Thom Gunn (British Poet)

It is hard to know what you are talking about in mathematics, yet no one questions the validity of what you say. There is no other realm of discourse half so queer.

-- James Newman (American Astronaut)

I didn't know Charlie before doing the movie, but I was a huge fan of the British Queer as Folk.

-- Nathan Lane (American Actor)

No, Queer Eye has a book coming out before mine, in the Spring of 2004, in which each of us has a section and we do a brief overview of our subject area.

-- Ted Allen ( Entertainer)

It seems to me the most important issue in the LGBT community is the right to be queer-the right to be free of the heterosexual assumption.

-- Jasmine Guy (American Actress)

Queer Eye is a makeover show, meant to help our straight brethren.

-- Kyan Douglas (American Celebrity)

I would say that I'm a feminist theorist before I'm a queer theorist or a gay and lesbian theorist.

-- Judith Butler (American Philosopher)

I was in a queer mood, thinking myself very old: but now I am a woman again - as I always am when I write.

-- Virginia Woolf (British Author)

Frankly, if people aren't going to cast me because I'm queer, than I don't want to work with them.

-- Anthony Rapp (American Actor)

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is a form of service journalism. To be successful, I think it has to be a combination of a good story, it has to be funny, and it also needs to be packed with useful information.

-- Ted Allen ( Entertainer)

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.

-- John Galsworthy (English Author)

A boy's appetite grows very fast, and in a few moments the queer, empty feeling had become hunger, and the hunger grew bigger and bigger, until soon he was as ravenous as a bear.

-- Carlo Collodi (Italian Writer)

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.

-- Louisa May Alcott (American Novelist)

All the world old is queer save thee and me, and even thou art a little queer.

-- Robert Owen (Welsh Writer)

Any child knows that history can only be a reduced representation of reality, but it must be a true one, not distorted by queer lenses.

-- Samuel E. Morison (American Historian)

There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke.

-- Herman Melville (American Novelist)

These names: gay, queer, homosexual are limiting. I would love to finish with them. We're going to have to decide which terms to use and where we use them. For me to use the word "queer" is a liberation; it was a word that frightened me, but no longer.

-- Derek Jarman (British Director)

Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.

-- Carrie P. Snow ( -)

When Queer Eye hit, the church told my mom they were praying for me. She said, God loves him too. And I support him 100 percent.

-- Jai Rodriguez (American Actor)

For myself, Queer Eye feeds more to my heart and my soul than as a platform for a career.

-- Kyan Douglas (American Celebrity)

It is a queer thing, but imaginary troubles are harder to bear than actual ones.

-- Dorothy Dix (American Journalist)

It's queer how ready people always are with advice in any real or imaginary emergency, and no matter how many times experience has shown them to be wrong, they continue to set forth their opinions, as if they had received them from the Almighty!

-- Anne Sullivan (American Educator)

If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.

-- Anne Frank (German Writer)

I think they do a great job on Queer as Folk.

-- Laura Innes (American Actress)

I love it now that a large minority of people who are handicapped prefer to call themselves crippled. This is all part of the game, like queer theory.

-- Leslie Fiedler (American Critic)

I have become a queer mixture of the East and the West, out of place everywhere, at home nowhere.

-- Jawaharlal Nehru (Indian Leader)

California is a queer place in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific. It is absolutely selfish, very empty, but not false, and at least, not full of false effort.

-- David Herbert Lawrence (English Writer)

America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.

-- Allen Ginsberg (American Poet)

For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity.

-- Joyce Cary (Irish Novelist)

The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.

-- Rita Mae Brown (American Writer)


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