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Etymology

From Scottish, perhaps from Low German (Brunswick dialect) queer = "oblique, off-center", related to German quer = "oblique, perverse, odd", from Old High German twerh = "oblique," from PIE stem *twerk- = "to turn, twist, wind" (related to thwart).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
queer

Plural
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queer ({{{1}}})
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A homosexual; a person who appears homosexual, or a person who has homosexual qualities.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A person of atypical sexuality or sexual identity.

Usage notes

  • The use of this word to mean "homosexual" was formerly, and is often still, considered pejorative. However, in the way that all language is dynamic and pliable, the word is also sometimes now used (primarily as adjective) as a neutral or even positive descriptive term, including by some (primarily younger) homosexuals. In its pejorative use, it is applied almost solely to males. In its modern neutral use, it can be applied to all genders.
Some GLBT youth now use the term as an "all-inclusive" term for the GLBTIQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersex, Queer) etc. community.
'Queer' is also used as a positive term for people who reject mainstream-gay values and culture. People who identify with this version of queer distance themselves from the commercialisation and (relatively) conformist values of the gay mainstream and embrace fluid and unconstrained definitions of sexuality and gender. There is some common ground between this definition of queer and the punk and DIY scenes. See also "genderqueer".
  • In the English dialect of the southern United States, the two senses of the adjective queer (homosexual and weird, odd, different, or unwell) are sometimes distinguished by pronunciation. Queer (homosexual) is pronounced (kwîr), queer (weird, odd, different, or unwell) is pronounced (kwär). This is generally considered old-fashioned and is only used when the word is emphasized, as in the phrase "that's awful queer" (pronounced THăts ôr'fəl kwär). The distinction is dying out as that latter sense of the word dies out.

Translations

Adjective

queer (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
queer

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. (somewhat old-fashioned) Weird, odd or different.
  2. (somewhat old-fashioned) Slightly unwell (mainly in to feel queer).
  3. (slang) Homosexual.
  4. (slang) Having to do with homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism, etc.

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Verb

Infinitive
to queer

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to queer (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To render an endeavor or agreement ineffective or null.
  2. To reevaluate or reinterpret a work with an eye to sexual orientation and/or gender, as by applying queer theory.

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