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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]


a. (en-comparative of: queer).