Definition of weird in US English:

weird

adjective

  • 1Suggesting something supernatural; uncanny.

    ‘the weird crying of a seal’
    • ‘Thousands of people have experienced mysterious lights and weird sounds above the ancient fort at Cley Hill during the past 40 years.’
    • ‘In a weird turn of fate, the library conference I am going to is walking distance from his house in Adelaide.’
    • ‘‘Well, let's keep going and keep an eye out for anything weird,’ suggested Celine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a long forgotten detail connected to her weird visions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was called the ‘Black Hole’ and was as dark and weird as its name suggests.’
    • ‘I know this is crazy, but I honestly feel that there was some kind of weird connection there.’
    • ‘The team has been connected to some weird incidents this summer.’
    • ‘At that moment we came around a bend and heard a weird sound.’
    • ‘Then, at midday, a weird sound came over the flat water - a mysterious, whale-like noise.’
    • ‘A weird supernatural calamity has thrust part of Japan up into the air like a tower.’
    • ‘It was a weird twist of fate that threw us together, tore us apart, and threw us back together again.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He enjoyed mixing traditional pop sounds with weird instruments like the French Horn.’
      • ‘Now that it's all over, I feel exhausted and a little weird.’
      • ‘He does a weird pantomime suggesting a dance, his hands making pinching motions in the air.’
      • ‘The atmosphere was a little weird to put it mildly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We're going to see some fairly weird and wonderful looking footwear.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the story strikes me as a little weird.’
      • ‘To tell the truth it's a bit weird being out here on my own.’
      • ‘I don't wear lenses normally, so it was a bit weird putting something in my eye and, like, leaving it there.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The astronomers realised that a normal red supergiant alone could not have given rise to such a weird supernova.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Contact lenses are a bit weird, you can't really feel them but you're aware that they're there.’
      • ‘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!’
      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.

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

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/