queer

The adjective queer means "unusual" or "peculiar," or sometimes "suspicious." The main character in a creepy novel might decide to investigate the queer noises she hears coming from the attic in the middle of the night. Uh oh.

Like many words, queer has many meanings. One is "odd," as in "I feel kind of queer today." In the 20th century, queer also began to be used as a slur for members of the LGBT community; although use of the word is still controversial today, it has been widely reclaimed as a positive or neutral term. Many universities have Queer Studies programs, for instance. As a verb, queer can mean "to endanger or expose to risk", and also "to hinder, thwart, foil, or baffle."

Definitions of queer
  1. adjective
    beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
    “something definitely queer about this town”
    synonyms: curious, funny, odd, peculiar, rum, rummy, singular
    strange, unusual
    being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird
  2. adjective
    homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
    synonyms: gay, homophile
    homosexual
    sexually attracted to members of your own sex
  3. noun
    offensive term for an openly homosexual man
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    gay man, shirtlifter
    a homosexual man
  4. verb
    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
    synonyms: baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, scotch, scuttle, spoil, thwart
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    disappoint, let down
    fail to meet the hopes or expectations of
    dash
    destroy or break
    short-circuit
    hamper the progress of; impede
    ruin
    destroy or cause to fail
    betray, fail
    disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
    come short, fall short
    fail to meet (expectations or standards)
    disenchant, disillusion
    free from enchantment
    undo
    cause the ruin or downfall of
    break
    cause the failure or ruin of
    shipwreck
    ruin utterly
    type of:
    forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, preempt, prevent
    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  5. verb
    put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
    synonyms: endanger, expose, peril, scupper
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    types:
    compromise
    expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute
    type of:
    affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
    have an effect upon
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