Definition of weird in US English:

weird

adjective

  • 1Suggesting something supernatural; uncanny.

    ‘the weird crying of a seal’
    • ‘Then, at midday, a weird sound came over the flat water - a mysterious, whale-like noise.’
    • ‘Erin was about to say something when the weird bell sounded again and the students filed onto the field, and all at the same time, stopped and looked over to the cameras.’
    • ‘Thousands of people have experienced mysterious lights and weird sounds above the ancient fort at Cley Hill during the past 40 years.’
    • ‘At that moment we came around a bend and heard a weird sound.’
    • ‘‘Well, let's keep going and keep an eye out for anything weird,’ suggested Celine.’
    • ‘In a weird turn of fate, the library conference I am going to is walking distance from his house in Adelaide.’
    • ‘By some weird act of fate, every single photograph she had of him had been destroyed in a fire that irreparably damaged her home, exactly one year after it had all happened.’
    • ‘It was called the ‘Black Hole’ and was as dark and weird as its name suggests.’
    • ‘It was a long forgotten detail connected to her weird visions.’
    • ‘The team has been connected to some weird incidents this summer.’
    • ‘A weird supernatural calamity has thrust part of Japan up into the air like a tower.’
    • ‘I have managed to unearth yet more weird and almost unbelievable tales from this strange civilisation.’
    • ‘But things work out for the best sometimes, and fate acts in weird ways.’
    • ‘I know this is crazy, but I honestly feel that there was some kind of weird connection there.’
    • ‘It was a weird twist of fate that threw us together, tore us apart, and threw us back together again.’
    • ‘Sounds emitted from the bushes: weird uncanny sounds made by unknown animals, for all sorts of things lived in forests.’
    • ‘I heard some kind of weird sound that came from the sea.’
    uncanny, eerie, unnatural, preternatural, supernatural, unearthly, other-worldly, unreal, ghostly, mysterious, mystifying, strange, abnormal, unusual
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    1. 1.1informal Very strange; bizarre.
      ‘a weird coincidence’
      ‘all sorts of weird and wonderful characters’
      • ‘He does a weird pantomime suggesting a dance, his hands making pinching motions in the air.’
      • ‘He enjoyed mixing traditional pop sounds with weird instruments like the French Horn.’
      • ‘Going home last weekend was a bit weird; it no longer feels like ‘home’ as I've probably not spent much more than a month there in the last two and a bit years.’
      • ‘The atmosphere was a little weird to put it mildly.’
      • ‘Contact lenses are a bit weird, you can't really feel them but you're aware that they're there.’
      • ‘Hundreds of bargain hunters flocked to Leeds at the weekend to snap up the uniquely weird and wonderful outfits being sold by Opera North's costume department.’
      • ‘Isn't it a bit weird, conducting an imaginary interview with yourself, on a blog already devoted to furthering your growing egomania?’
      • ‘I think we're good together - I think you're a bit weird.’
      • ‘All around the city there were street parties, family fun days and a mass of weird and wonderful events all specifically designed for people to have fun and help a very worthy cause.’
      • ‘I love that I can experience different, strange, weird and wonderful things wherever I go.’
      • ‘The weather does seem to have become a little weird lately.’
      • ‘I don't wear lenses normally, so it was a bit weird putting something in my eye and, like, leaving it there.’
      • ‘We're going to see some fairly weird and wonderful looking footwear.’
      • ‘It is a bit weird to phone her up out of the blue and just ask her out, unless you look like Brad Pitt that is!’
      • ‘The astronomers realised that a normal red supergiant alone could not have given rise to such a weird supernova.’
      • ‘Now that it's all over, I feel exhausted and a little weird.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the story strikes me as a little weird.’
      • ‘To tell the truth it's a bit weird being out here on my own.’
      bizarre, offbeat, quirky, outlandish, eccentric, unconventional, unorthodox, idiosyncratic, surreal, crazy, absurd, grotesque, peculiar, odd, curious, strange, queer, cranky, freakish, insane, zany, madcap, off-centre, far out, alternative
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    2. 1.2archaic Connected with fate.

noun

Scottish
archaic
  • A person's destiny.

verb

[with object]weird someone out
North American
informal
  • Induce a sense of disbelief or alienation in someone.

    • ‘I am receiving SMS's and phone calls (which I am not answering) that are completely weirding me out.’
    • ‘It still weirded me out that Sandie had been right about Paul and I.’
    • ‘But it's hard for Marina, who's clearly weirded out by this place.’
    • ‘Yeah, and it's totally weirding me out to think about having a client come to my house.’
    • ‘Let's ignore for a moment the fact that it is my 28th Birthday today, and that I am completely weirded out by that.’
    • ‘I think they'd both be really weirded out by the thought.’
    • ‘It's so… well… to be completely honest with you… I'm completely weirded out by it.’
    • ‘They weirded me out, but they were interesting.’
    • ‘The more I think about this, the more I'm weirded out by Mary.’
    • ‘I do miss him, and I'm a little angry that all my friends (okay, so my friend) refused to come because she was too weirded out.’
    • ‘… ok, I'm seriously weirding myself out right now.’
    • ‘Oh, and if anyone was weirded out by the last installment, don't be.’
    • ‘‘Yeah, I'm totally weirded out by this,’ Davies answered.’
    • ‘‘My mother was really weirded out at first when I began competing,’ laughs Blair.’
    • ‘If you're weirded out by it, you don't have to go inside.’
    • ‘If things work out with Colin… you're not going to be weirded out because I'm dating your brother, are you?’
    • ‘I've been speaking only when absolutely necessary and I know I'm weirding some people out and confusing others.’
    • ‘I'm thirty-seven, but I really feel, and behave like I'm twenty-five. Then I'm weirded when I'm reminded.’
    • ‘Trust me; no one is more weirded out by this than me.’
    • ‘I felt that everyone would laugh, stare, or be weirded out.’

Origin

Old English wyrd ‘destiny’, of Germanic origin. The adjective ( late Middle English) originally meant ‘having the power to control destiny’, and was used especially in the Weird Sisters, originally referring to the Fates, later the witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth; the latter use gave rise to the sense ‘unearthly’ (early 19th century).

Pronunciation

weird

/wɪrd//wird/