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1‘you've done some quare things yourself in your time’Irish form of queer (sense 1 of the adjective)
2Northern Irish informal Remarkable; excellent.‘he has a quare voice on him’
- ‘The hotels and bars in the area are gearing up for what promises to be three days and three nights of quare craic.’
- ‘A quare oul' night was had by some.’
- ‘Uncle Andy will think it's a quare geg.’
- ‘He gave me the pipe and I filled it and he took one or two puffs and said, "God, that's a quare drop of stuff".’
- ‘He thought I had a quare set of lungs on me!’
- ‘That bridge is a quare piece of art too.’
- 2.1 Notably large in size, amount, or extent.‘that's a quare lot of money’
- ‘In commercial terms Tommy would have been worth a quare penny.’
- ‘"We're quare proud," beamed one elated woman.’
- ‘There's a quare contrast in managerial styles, what do you think?’
- ‘No doubt John has taken a quare few bob from the city too.’
- ‘"There's a quare lot of them and you wouldn't feel too good," he commented.’
informal Very; extremely.‘it'll be quare and awkward for us all’
- ‘She's quare and handsome; nae wonder they set their hearts on her!’
- ‘They sing quare and high, so they do!’
- ‘He's quare and sensible too.’
- ‘When I took this chain I told you that it would end up in quare and strange places and it did!’
- ‘It's quare and hard to see what purpose there is in misfortune and trouble for people that never did anything to deserve it!’
Early 19th century: representing an Irish pronunciation of queer.
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