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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
queer bashing
odd fish/queer fish
▪ a queer sound
▪ And she thought, with a queer aching, must we part again so soon?
▪ Did you run across that queer sort Of legend about a wild goose?
▪ Hand flying to mouth, she gave a queer, trembly laugh and looked at her children.
▪ I mean, he's respected me in a queer way.
▪ It was queer, how well she still knew him.
▪ There's been queer goings on with her and nursemaids.
▪ It may also queer the pitch for health-care reforms, which will need big tax increases.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Queer \Queer\ (kw[=e]r), a. [Compar. Queerer (kw[=e]r"[~e]r); 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.]

  3. homosexual. [disparaging and offensive]


Queer \Queer\, n.

  1. Counterfeit money. [Slang]

  2. a homosexual. [disparaging and offensive]

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


Queer \Queer\ (kw[=e]r), 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]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1500, "strange, peculiar, eccentric," from Scottish, perhaps from Low German (Brunswick dialect) queer "oblique, off-center," related to German quer "oblique, perverse, odd," from Old High German twerh "oblique," from PIE root *terkw- "to turn, twist, wind" (see thwart (adv.)).\n

\nSense of "homosexual" first recorded 1922; the noun in this sense is 1935, from the adjective. Related: Queerly. Queer studies as an academic discipline attested from 1994.


"to spoil, ruin," 1812, from queer (adj.). Related: Queered; queering. Earlier it meant "to puzzle, ridicule, cheat" (1790). To queer the pitch (1846) is in reference to the patter of an itinerant tradesman or showman (see pitch (n.1)).\n\nThese wanderers, and those who are still seen occasionally in the back streets of the metropolis, are said to 'go a-pitching ;' the spot they select for their performance is their 'pitch,' and any interruption of their feats, such as an accident, or the interference of a policeman, is said to 'queer the pitch,'
--in other words, to spoil it.

[Thomas Frost, "Circus Life and Circus Celebrities," London, 1875]

  1. (context now slightly dated English) weird, odd or different; whimsical. (from 16th c.) adv. queerly n. 1 (context colloquial English) A person who is or appears homosexual, or who has homosexual quality. 2 (context colloquial English) A person of atypical sexuality or sexual identity. 3 (context colloquial vulgar derogatory English) General term of abuse, casting aspersions on target's sexuality; compare (term: gay). 4 (context definite '''the queer''' informal archaic English) counterfeit money. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To render an endeavor or agreement ineffective or null. 2 (context UK dialect dated English) To puzzle. 3 (context slang dated English) To ridicule; to banter; to rally. 4 (context slang dated English) To spoil the effect or success of, as by ridicule; to throw a wet blanket on; to spoil. 5 (cx social science English) To reevaluate or reinterpret a work with an eye to sexual orientation and/or to gender, as by applying queer theory.

  1. v. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent" [syn: thwart, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk]

  2. put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position [syn: expose, scupper, endanger, peril]


n. offensive terms for an openly homosexual man [syn: fagot, faggot, fag, fairy, nance, pansy, queen, poof, poove, pouf]

  1. 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" [syn: curious, funny, odd, peculiar, rum, rummy, singular]

  2. 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" [syn: fishy, funny, shady, suspect, suspicious]

  3. homosexual or arousing homosexual desires [syn: gay, homophile(a)]

Queer (novel)

Queer is an early short novel (written between 1951 and 1953, published in 1985) by William S. Burroughs. It is partially a sequel to his earlier novel, Junkie, which ends with the stated ambition of finding a drug called Yage. Queer, although not devoted to that quest, does include a trip to South America looking for the substance.

Queer (disambiguation)

Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities.

Queer may also refer to:


Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities that are not heterosexual or not cisgender. Originally meaning "strange" or "peculiar", queer came to be deployed pejoratively against those with same-sex desires or relationships in the late- 19th century. Beginning in the late-1980s, queer scholars and activists began to reclaim the word to establish community and assert a politicized identity distinct from the gay political identity. Queer identitites may be adopted by those who reject traditional gender identities and seek a broader, less conformist, and deliberately ambiguous alternative to the label LGBT.

Queer has become the preferred term to describe certain radical academic disciplines and is gaining use as a descriptor of non-normative (i.e. anti- heteronormativity and anti- homonormativity) 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 within the mainstream LGBT movement. Queer arts, queer cultural groups, and queer political groups are examples of expressions of queer identities.

Critics of queer identities include gay activists who associate the term with its pejorative colloquial usage or who wish to dissociate themselves from queer radicalism.

Queer (song)

"Queer" is a song written and produced by alternative rock band Garbage for the band's self-titled debut album. The song started as a demo during sessions between band members Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker, and had its composition finished after singer Shirley Manson joined the band. Manson rewrote the sexualized lyrics to be more ambiguous, and rearranged the song into a subdued trip hop and rock crossover structure.

In 1995, "Queer" was issued as the band's fourth single in the United Kingdom and second internationally. The song quickly became a modern rock success for the fledgling band, with positive reviews from music journalists, and becoming their first top 20 hit in both the UK Singles Chart and Billboards Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. It also earned attention with its music video by Stéphane Sednaoui, which featured Manson detaining, stripping and shaving a man from a first-person perspective. The video earned much airplay on MTV and was nominated for Breakthrough Video at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.

Queer (Thompson Twins album)

Queer is the eighth and final studio album by the British pop group Thompson Twins.

Queer was the second album for the Warner Bros. label, following the 1989 album Big Trash. Although the previous album was not a major commercial success, it did spawn the Top 30 hit "Sugar Daddy" in the US. Before the release of Queer, it appeared as if the band was on the verge of commercial rebirth. Tom Bailey and engineer Keith Fernley had been experimenting with making dance music under the moniker "Feedback Max." As such, the group slipped several white-label 12-inch singles to London disc jockeys, the most successful of which was a track called Come Inside. The rave-style record became massively popular, and charted high on the playlists of influential DJs. Most of the Feedback Max records, including "Come Inside", were actually remixes of tracks that had been intended for the next Thompson Twins album. When "Come Inside" was issued as an official Thompson Twins release, the record was immediately ignored, as it stalled at number 56 on the UK Top 75 chart. Consequently, the British release of Queer was cancelled.

The album was released in the United States and Germany in September 1991. Warner Bros. tried a similar marketing approach in the US: Pre-release radio singles were shipped to station programmers in a paper zip-apart sleeve that said simply "Come Inside." A question mark appeared in place of the artist's name. The official single was released, but it was only successful on the Billboard dance charts. It was also popular within gay clubs. This modest success prompted Warner Bros. to issue a second single, "Groove On", despite the fact that remixes already existed for another album track, "Flower Girl". The former failed to make an impact. However, in the UK, "The Saint" was released as the second single from the album; it reached number 53.

In 1992, the Thompson Twins appeared on the soundtrack of the Ralph Bakshi film Cool World with a mostly-instrumental piece titled "Play With Me"; it was actually a remix of the song "Strange Jane" from Queer. Warner Bros. then released the track as an official Thompson Twins single, now called "Play With Me (Jane)", but the Cool World version of the song wasn't released as a single, even on the maxi-single format. Although "Play With Me (Jane)" did not make the UK Top 75, as with the other UK releases, it was a modest hit on the UK Dance Chart, reaching number 15.

Following the release of Queer, the band dropped the name Thompson Twins altogether and moved deeper into electronica with a new group called Babble, released by Warner Bros.' sister label Reprise. The group released two subsequent albums: The Stone and Ether.

Usage examples of "queer".

Stonehampton, among the low wharves and wooden warehouses, which stood along the flat banks, jumbled up with streets and ferries, queer one-storied shops and verandahed dwelling-houses, closed in with yellow alamandas, passion fruit, and orange begonias.

The road ended abruptly at a great hole in the ground, similar to that which they had seen at the shrine of Uray Caver, except that this one was begemmed with glistening creet platters, and everywhere about it were queer oblongs of god-metal scored with cryptic runes.

Dismounting, she looked over the queer little crannog Mad Binny had claimed as her own.

She could hardly believe her eyes when she saw the first train pass by in the distance, and wonder after wonder caused her and Blinky to utter queer little grunts as they came nearer to the township.

I rubbed it with pumice stone, sand, and ochre, and finally I succeeded in imparting to my production such a queer, old-fashioned shape that I could not help laughing in looking at my work.

Cabeza and Cuerpo were as queer as baked ducks, but there was a fresh, uncaring deviltry about them that was appealing to both Francis and Percy.

Jewel that never loved her and was its own punishment, in preference to Darl that was touched by God Himself and considered queer by us mortals and that did love her.

Because one time the soft pedal went all queer because Cissie Dewry put her foot on it, so we always use it gentle-like.

A contrary pancake surely, a fingerish atrocity but not without a queer charm all its own.

We were for the most part a queer lot out on that desolate southwest African coast, in charge of the various trading stations that were scattered along the coast, from the Gaboon River, past the mouth of the mighty Congo, to the Portuguese city of St.

One day Myles and Gascoyne showed them the strange things that they had discovered in the old tower--the inner staircases, the winding passage-ways, the queer niches and cupboard, and the black shaft of a well that pierced down into the solid wall, and whence, perhaps, the old castle folk had one time drawn their supply of water in time of siege, and with every new wonder of the marvellous place the enthusiasm of the three recruits rose higher and higher.

It crept up on the gasolene car, as an express train overtakes a freight, and the man, looking back, and expecting to see his rival far behind was surprised to note the queer looking vehicle lapping his rear wheels.

Even the boulders down there, that old Godden thought had been washed up by the Flood, never showed you what queer shapes they had, and let you feel close to them, unless you were thinking of nothing else.

The one good eye of Gys had a queer way of twinkling when he was amused.

Miss Whitaker, at Eric Haile, at Sybil Dryden, and, just now, at Marsham, she had a queer frightened feeling that perhaps they were really quite different underneath.