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Meaning of queer

queer

Pronunciation: (kwēr), [key]
— adj., v., n. -er, -est,
—adj.
  1. strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; singular: a queer notion of justice.
  2. of a questionable nature or character; suspicious; shady: Something queer about the language of the prospectus kept investors away.
  3. not feeling physically right or well; giddy, faint, or qualmish: to feel queer.
  4. mentally unbalanced or deranged.
  5. .
    1. homosexual.
    2. effeminate; unmanly.
  6. bad, worthless, or counterfeit.
—v.t.
  1. to spoil; ruin.
  2. to put (a person) in a hopeless or disadvantageous situation as to success, favor, etc.
  3. to jeopardize.
  4. to spoil the chances of success.
—n.
  1. . a homosexual, esp. a male homosexual.
  2. counterfeit money.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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