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adjective (Irish, dialect)
remarkable or strange: a quare fellow
great or good: you're in a quare mess
Word Origin
probably variant of queer
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  • After dinner the ould mon said the Spring lamb tasted kin o' quare an' he wondered had Oi cooked the baste enough.

  • “His gun has a quare sound, Captain,” said the Irishman, appealing to me.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • Anyhow, up there in the mountains we see a tarnal power of quare things.

    Year of the Big Thaw Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • She laughed at him, and answered, "That's a quare question to be askin', an' me with this in my arms!"

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • "quare women has quare notions," remarked Joab, forbearingly.

    Mothering on Perilous Lucy S. Furman
  • It isn't for you an' me to be makin' fun of their quare names.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • But 'tis a quare place you'll be findin' Orristown after England.

    The Gambler Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • Isn't it a quare thing, aunt, that she should come back to this place at all?

    The Dead Boxer William Carleton
  • But it's such a quare name on the outside, I be wondering if it's fur yerself and no other?

  • They said 'twas his heart was rotten, but oh, 'twas a quare thing to see!

    Soldier Stories Rudyard Kipling

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