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weird

[weerd] /wɪərd/
adjective, weirder, weirdest.
1.
involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny:
a weird sound; weird lights.
2.
fantastic; bizarre:
a weird getup.
3.
Archaic. concerned with or controlling fate or destiny.
noun, Chiefly Scot.
4.
fate; destiny.
5.
fate (def 6).
Origin of weird
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English (northern form of wird), Old English wyrd; akin to worth2; (adj.) Middle English, orig. attributive noun in phrase werde sisters the Fates (popularized as appellation of the witches in Macbeth)
Related forms
weirdly, adverb
weirdness, noun
Synonyms
1. unnatural, preternatural. weird, eerie, unearthly, uncanny refer to that which is mysterious and apparently outside natural law. Weird refers to that which is suggestive of the fateful intervention of supernatural influences in human affairs: the weird adventures of a group lost in the jungle. Eerie refers to that which, by suggesting the ghostly, makes one's flesh creep: an eerie moaning from a deserted house. Unearthly refers to that which seems by its nature to belong to another world: an unearthly light that preceded the storm. Uncanny refers to that which is mysterious because of its apparent defiance of the laws established by experience: an uncanny ability to recall numbers.
Antonyms
1. natural.
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Examples from the Web for weirder
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  • Dor never dreamed a weirder, ghastlier picture than night in the Conemaugh Valley since the flood desolated it.

    History of the Johnstown Flood Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • And, after all, is it weirder than the common traditional method?

    Your United States Arnold Bennett
  • A subtler, a weirder, a more awful horror is thus added to the dread of communion with the supernatural.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • The old witch-hanging city had no weirder product than this dark-haired son.

    Literary and Social Essays George William Curtis
  • The watch may be weird, but no weirder than that of a previous night.

    The Forsaken Inn Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for weirder

weird

/wɪəd/
adjective
1.
suggestive of or relating to the supernatural; eerie
2.
strange or bizarre
3.
(archaic) of or relating to fate or the Fates
noun
4.
(archaic, mainly Scot)
  1. fate or destiny
  2. one of the Fates
5.
(Scot) dree one's weird, See dree
verb
6.
(transitive) (Scot) to destine or ordain by fate; predict
See also weird out
Derived Forms
weirdly, adverb
weirdness, noun
Word Origin
Old English (ge)wyrd destiny; related to weorthan to become, Old Norse urthr bane, Old Saxon wurd; see worth²
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Word Origin and History for weirder

weird

Old English wyrd (n.) "fate, destiny," literally "that which comes," from Proto-Germanic *wurthis (cf. Old Saxon wurd, Old High German wurt "fate," Old Norse urðr "fate, one of the three Norns"), from PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," (cf. German werden, Old English weorðan "to become"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). For sense development from "turning" to "becoming," cf. phrase turn into "become."

The modern sense of weird 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," which led to the adjectival meaning "odd-looking, uncanny," first recorded 1815.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for weirder

weird

adjective

Excellent; wonderful; cool

[1940s+ Bop talk & cool talk; also attested as 1920s British upper-class use]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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