Synonyms of queer in English:


See definition of queer


1‘it seemed queer to see the windows all dark’


odd, strange, unusual, funny, peculiar, curious, bizarre, weird, outlandish, eccentric, unconventional, unorthodox, uncanny, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, anomalous, atypical, untypical, different, out of the ordinary, out of the way, extraordinary, remarkable, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, unaccountable, incongruous, uncommon, irregular, outré, offbeat, singular, deviant, aberrant, freak, freakish

suspicious, dubious, questionable

eerie, unnatural

Scottish unco

informal fishy, creepy, spooky, freaky

British informal rum

North American informal off the wall



ordinary, conventional, normal

2‘there's something queer going on up there’


suspicious, suspect, irregular, questionable, dubious, doubtful, funny, mysterious, murky, dark, criminal, dishonest, corrupt, nefarious, crafty, deceitful, shifty, underhand, dishonourable, unscrupulous, unprincipled, fraudulent, illegal, unlawful

informal fishy, shady, bent

3‘you just feel queer because you're packed full of drugs’


ill, unwell, poorly, bad, out of sorts, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out, faint, dizzy, giddy

off, off colour

under the weather, below par, not up to par, funny, peculiar, rough, lousy, rotten, awful, terrible, dreadful

grotty, ropy

Scottish wabbit, peely-wally

NZ Australian crook

vulgar slang crappy


rare peaked, peakish



4‘lots of their friends were queer’


homosexual, gay, lesbian, sapphic

homo, pink, lavender, camp, swinging the other way, limp-wristed, queeny, dykey

British bent, poofy

North American fruity

rare homophile, Uranian




1‘the queers are all coming out of the closet’


homosexual, gay, lesbian

pansy, nancy, nelly, queen, a friend of Dorothy, homo, les, lezzy, lesbo, femme, dyke, butch

British poof, poofter, ponce, jessie, woofter

North American cupcake, swish, twinkie

Australian wonk

South African moffie

West Indian zami, batty boy, batty man

rare tribade, homophile, Uranian




1‘trying to crash the party would probably queer the whole deal’


spoil, damage, impair, harm, be detrimental to, mar, wreck, destroy, devastate, smash, shatter, scupper, scotch, disrupt, undo, thwart, hinder, foil, ruin, blight, injure, cripple, hurt, jeopardize, endanger, imperil, threaten, put at risk, undermine, prejudice, be prejudicial to, be disadvantageous to, play havoc with, be deleterious to, compromise

informal botch, blow, put the kibosh on


    queer fish

      ‘they have invariably chosen the queer fish in preference to the more or less recognisable member of the human race’


      eccentric, oddity, odd fellow, unorthodox person, character, individualist, individual, free spirit, misfit

      oddball, weirdo, weirdie, freak, nut, nutter, nutcase, case, head case, crank, crackpot, loony, loon


      one-off, odd bod

      North American

      wacko, wack, screwball, kook

      NZ Australian


    in queer street

      ‘if it wasn't for my pension I'd be in queer street’


      impoverished, poor, penniless, penurious, in penury, indigent, insolvent, impecunious, moneyless, hard up, poverty-stricken, needy, in need, in want, destitute

      poor as a church mouse, without a sou, in straitened circumstances, on one's beam ends, unable to make ends meet

      on the breadline, without a penny, without a penny to one's name

      broke, flat broke, strapped for cash, cleaned out, strapped, on one's uppers, without two brass farthings to rub together, without two pennies farthings to rub together

      skint, boracic, stony broke

      North American

      stone broke


      pauperized, beggared