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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a strange/weird dream
▪ Sometimes I have a strange dream in which I try to speak but I can’t.
▪ She was right. How weird.
▪ No matter how weird the situation, Polly had standards.
▪ The Doctor, Bernice thought, doesn't seem to realize just how weird and dangerous these people are.
▪ It's really weird seeing yourself on telly.
▪ Sometimes you have to listen to some really weird things to get yourself out of that rut.
▪ It was really weird, it frightened me, in fact.
▪ Sometimes I get really weird ideas, and all those possibilities float around in my mind.
▪ Then - this was the really weird part - he asked if I would stay the night round there.
▪ The really weird thing is East 17 were precisely the people I avoided as an adolescent.
▪ Hell, Dionne, it was so weird.
▪ The scene was so weird it embarrassed me.
▪ All the real life effects that seem so weird.
▪ The thing is that a lot of people I like to hang out with think she is too weird.
▪ It isn't even euphoric, it's just very, very weird.
▪ To be shut out at home in two of the last four games is very weird and totally unexpected.
▪ The scene in Basic Instinct with Michael was a very weird and very sick sort of love.
▪ These add up into some very weird computations.
▪ I was DJing at the Hacienda last Wednesday and it closed at 2am: that was very weird.
▪ Things are getting very weird out there.
▪ With what-all they're doing to this planet down at the equator, there's some weird stuff happening up here.
▪ Sudden rock stardom can do weird things to your head, even if things build slowly, as they did for Weezer.
▪ Sometimes you have to listen to some really weird things to get yourself out of that rut.
▪ The weirdest thing was running into Maryellen.
▪ And the weird thing is, I know he means exactly that.
▪ Then a few weird things happened.
▪ I couldn't believe it - what a weird thing to do.
▪ Why did he do such weird things?
▪ Sometimes you have to listen to some really weird things to get yourself out of that rut.
▪ Sudden rock stardom can do weird things to your head, even if things build slowly, as they did for Weezer.
▪ Why was it, she wondered, that weird things always happened to her?
▪ Then a few weird things happened.
▪ So in suggesting that more people are doing weird things to themselves these days, I plead caution.
▪ Why did he do such weird things?
▪ Touring does weird things to your head.
wise/wily/funny/weird etc old bird
▪ I hadn't noticed what a weird old bird Ned was, either.
▪ Just so. Funny old bird.
▪ He has some weird ideas about things.
▪ I don't really want to spend the evening with Helen - she's so weird.
▪ It's a weird feeling to go back to a place that you lived in a long time ago.
▪ Robin's boyfriend is kind of weird.
▪ She's dating a really weird guy who's into witchcraft and black magic.
▪ She only had lipstick on her bottom lip which looked pretty weird.
▪ The museum has a collection of the weirdest sculptures I've ever seen.
▪ And the Salomon traders found themselves in a weird new role.
▪ By some weird arithmetic, the more life stuffs itself into the valley, the more spaces it creates for further life.
▪ Each owned a weird splotch of colour in a white and silver frame, painted and framed by a local artist.
▪ In an arena now entirely stocked by affectless Goldsmiths' artefacts, Strains of War is weird enough to require explanation.
▪ She was confused, of course, by liking Alison, not hating her, even in a weird sense sympathising with her.
▪ The weirdest thing was running into Maryellen.
▪ The effect was weird, making me dizzy again.
▪ The spectacle can be weird, unpleasant, a turn-off.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Weird \Weird\, a.

  1. Of or pertaining to fate; concerned with destiny.

  2. Of or pertaining to witchcraft; caused by, or suggesting, magical influence; supernatural; unearthly; wild; as, a weird appearance, look, sound, etc.

    Myself too had weird seizures.

    Those sweet, low tones, that seemed like a weird incantation.

    Weird sisters, the Fates. [Scot.]
    --G. Douglas.

    Note: Shakespeare uses the term for the three witches in Macbeth.

    The weird sisters, hand in hand, Posters of the sea and land.


Weird \Weird\ (w[=e]rd), n. [OE. wirde, werde, AS. wyrd fate, fortune, one of the Fates, fr. weor[eth]an to be, to become; akin to OS. wurd fate, OHG. wurt, Icel. ur[eth]r. [root]143. See Worth to become.]

  1. Fate; destiny; one of the Fates, or Norns; also, a prediction. [Obs. or Scot.]

  2. A spell or charm. [Obs. or Scot.]
    --Sir W. Scott.


Weird \Weird\, v. t. To foretell the fate of; to predict; to destine to. [Scot.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, "having power to control fate, from wierd (n.), from Old English wyrd "fate, chance, fortune; destiny; the Fates," literally "that which comes," from Proto-Germanic *wurthiz (cognates: Old Saxon wurd, Old High German wurt "fate," Old Norse urðr "fate, one of the three Norns"), from PIE *wert- "to turn, to wind," (cognates: German werden, Old English weorðan "to become"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). For sense development from "turning" to "becoming," compare phrase turn into "become."\n

\nThe sense "uncanny, supernatural" developed from Middle English use of weird sisters for the three fates or Norns (in Germanic mythology), the goddesses who controlled human destiny. They were portrayed as odd or frightening in appearance, as in "Macbeth" (and especially in 18th and 19th century productions of it), which led to the adjectival meaning "odd-looking, uncanny" (1815); "odd, strange, disturbingly different" (1820). Related: Weirdly; weirdness.

  1. 1 Connected with fate or destiny; able to influence fate. 2 Of or pertaining to witches or witchcraft; supernatural; unearthly; suggestive of witches, witchcraft, or unearthliness; wild; uncanny. 3 Having supernatural or preternatural power. 4 Having an unusually strange character or behaviour. 5 Deviating from the normal; bizarre. 6 (context archaic English) Of or pertaining to the Fates. n. 1 (context archaic English) Fate; destiny; luck. 2 A prediction. 3 (context obsolete Scotland English) A spell or charm. 4 That which comes to pass; a fact. 5 (context archaic in the plural English) The Fates (personified). v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To destine; doom; change by witchcraft or sorcery. 2 (context transitive English) To warn solemnly; adjure. 3 (context transitive English) ''See'' '''weird out'''.

  1. adj. suggesting the operation of supernatural influences; "an eldritch screech"; "the three weird sisters"; "stumps...had uncanny shapes as of monstrous creatures"- John Galsworthy; "an unearthly light"; "he could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din"- Henry Kingsley [syn: eldritch, uncanny, unearthly]

  2. strikingly odd or unusual; "some trick of the moonlight; some weird effect of shadow"- Bram Stoker


Weird may refer to:

  • Weird (comics), a fictional DC Comics character
  • "Weird" (Hanson song), 1998
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic (born 1959), American musician and parodist
  • Weird fiction, speculative literature written in the late 19th and early 20th century
  • Weird number, a natural number that is abundant but not semiperfect
  • The Weird, a 2012 anthology of weird fiction
  • Weird (travel guides), a series of travel guides
  • Weird Lake, a lake in Minnesota, U.S.
  • "Weird", a song from Hilary Duff's Hilary Duff
  • WEIRD, an acronym for "Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic", cultural identifier of psychology test subjects: See Psychology#Contemporary issues in methodology and practice
Weird (comics)

The Weird is a fictional DC Comics character created by Jim Starlin and Bernie Wrightson. He first appeared in his own self-titled miniseries The Weird in 1988.

Weird (Hanson song)

"Weird" is a song written and performed by the American pop rock band Hanson. It was the fourth single from the band's debut album Middle of Nowhere (1997). It was also featured in the 1997 film The Borrowers, playing during the end credits.

Weird (travel guides)

Weird is a series of travel guides written by various authors and published by Sterling Publishing of New York City. Started by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman with a magazine called Weird N.J., together or separately, they often write, collaborate, edit and/or write the forward of the other guides. As of July 2011, all but seventeen states (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming) have been covered within individual books.

The franchise now includes calendars and spin-off books.

Usage examples of "weird".

In that mysterious region known to explorers as the Sargasso Sea, the youth found a weird metal ship surviving from the lost age of High Atlantis, on which there still lived an Atlantean sorceress, an ageless and beautiful creature called Corenice, who inhabits an eternal and deathless body of impervious metal.

We were sitting under a baobab tree, a weird, muscled sculpture with branches like roots sprouting white, starlike flowers, drinking the rum and talking about the locals.

First the mysterious Wedge Antilles appeared out of nowhere to save them from a weird blob creature, and then told them that no one but Imperials had been allowed on Gobindi in weeks.

Space, off Carnaby Street, that was done out like a spaceship, the doors to the sound booths were like airlocks and all the speakers were housed in swoopy blobby cabinets that looked like they were in the middle of a flashback, and there was this other very weird studio called ADR round the back of Kings Cross where there was a stream running half-way up the walls, all the seating was made out of the boots of cars, Minis converted into couches, and you got upstairs to the recording suites through a door opening out of a large tree in the corner of the reception.

A yellow-and-green bungee cord was wrapped tightly around his ankles, which explained the weird tingling he was starting to become aware of in his feet.

For it was distinctly the weird mixture of qualities and forces in him, of the lofty with the common, the ideal with the uncouth, of that which he had become with that which he had not ceased to be, that made him so fascinating a character among his fellow-men, gave him his singular power over their minds and hearts, and fitted him to be the greatest leader in the greatest crisis of our national life.

He kicked his way resolutely upward through an accumulation of trash, and small weird beasties that yipped and hissed and scuttled for doorways at the sight of Chai, and numbers of small blue-skinned children who howled and scuttled for doorways at the sight of Chai.

From between two such clumps, about a hundred yards off his port bow, there appeared a weird but welcome sight.

Pacific, somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii, the sea was a weird goulash of currents, streams of cold stuff coming up from the Antarctic and coolish upwelling spirals out of the ocean floor and little hot rivers rolling off the sun-blasted continental shelf far to the east.

It was not a human hand, of course, and the more the studied it, the more he began to wonder if all the crackpot theories, all the weird sightings, all the fantastic tales were true.

This rowan-tree of Scotland has no weird horrors here, but it is the ornament of the woods, with white cymes, red berries, and feathery leaves.

It scanned for weird soundings in the psychosphere, and whispered gently at the dextrier, telling it where to fly.

Now I had to worry about what weird dietetic concoction Dad was making and how I could explain it.

There is something weird and batty about such goings on that take the Supreme warlord, who by now was insisting on directing the war on far-flung fronts down to the divisional or regimental or even battalion level, thousands of miles from the battlefields on an unimportant political errand at a moment when the house is beginning to fall in.

In spite of their placid, dazed, beatific smiles and grimaces, they were a kind of curious sadness, in their weird, bright patterns of love-paint on the scrawn of flesh, in their protest bangles and their disaffiliated bells, crushing the flower blossoms in a dreamy imitation of adult acts that for them had all been bleached of any significance or purpose.