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queer (kwɪə)
1.  differing from the normal or usual in a way regarded as odd or strange
2.  suspicious, dubious, or shady
3.  faint, giddy, or queasy
4.  informal, taboo homosexual
5.  informal odd or unbalanced mentally; eccentric or slightly mad
6.  slang worthless or counterfeit
7.  informal, taboo a homosexual, usually a male
8.  to spoil or thwart (esp in the phrase queer someone's pitch)
9.  to put in a difficult or dangerous position
[C16: perhaps from German quer oblique, ultimately from Old High German twērh]
usage  Although the term queer meaning homosexual is still considered highly offensive when used by non-homosexuals, it is often used by homosexuals themselves as a positive term, as in queer politics, queer cinema

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