To veer is to make a sudden turn, like when a driver veers off the pavement or a pleasant conversation veers off in a troubling direction.

When you make any quick change of direction you veer. You can veer toward an attractive person at a party, leaving your friends mid-sentence. You veer away from an oncoming truck on the highway to avoid getting crushed. Originally, veer described a change in the direction of the wind, but as you can see, today, anyone or anything that changes direction veers.

Definitions of veer

v turn sharply; change direction abruptly

“The motorbike veered to the right”
curve, cut, sheer, slew, slue, swerve, trend
peel off
leave a formation
swerve off course momentarily
Type of:
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

v shift to a clockwise direction

“the wind veered
shift to a counterclockwise direction
Type of:
change over, shift, switch
make a shift in or exchange of

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