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weird  (wîrd)
adj. weird·er, weird·est
1. Of, relating to, or suggestive of the preternatural or supernatural.
2. Of a strikingly odd or unusual character; strange.
3. Archaic Of or relating to fate or the Fates.
n.
1.
a. Fate; destiny.
b. Ones assigned lot or fortune, especially when evil.
2. often Weird Greek & Roman Mythology One of the Fates.
tr. & intr.v. weird·ed, weird·ing, weirds
Slang To experience or cause to experience an odd, unusual, and sometimes uneasy sensation. Often used with out.

[Middle English werde, fate, having power to control fate, from Old English wyrd, fate; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.]

weirdly adv.
weirdness n.
Synonyms: weird, eerie, uncanny, unearthly
These adjectives refer to what is of a mysteriously strange, usually frightening nature. Weird may suggest the operation of supernatural influences, or merely the odd or unusual: The person of the house gave a weird little laugh (Charles Dickens). There is a weird power in a spoken word (Joseph Conrad).
Something eerie inspires fear or uneasiness and implies a sinister influence: At nightfall on the marshes, the thing was eerie and fantastic to behold (Robert Louis Stevenson).
Uncanny refers to what is unnatural and peculiarly unsettling: The queer stumps ... had uncanny shapes, as of monstrous creatures (John Galsworthy).
Something unearthly seems so strange and unnatural as to come from or belong to another world: He could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din (Henry Kingsley).


weird  /wrd/  adj. strange, (syns.) odd, bizarre: Sometimes we hear weird noises that sound like crying in the night. -adv. weirdly; -n. [U] weirdness. weird

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