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The Collaborative Dictionary

Weird \Weird\ (w[=e]rd), n. [OE. wirde, werde, AS. wyrd fate, fortune, one of the Fates, fr. weor[eth]an to be, to become; akin to OS. wurd fate, OHG. wurt, Icel. ur[eth]r. [root]143. See Worth to become.] [1913 Webster]
Fate; destiny; one of the Fates, or Norns; also, a prediction. [Obs. or Scot.] [1913 Webster]
A spell or charm. [Obs. or Scot.] --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
Weird \Weird\, a. [1913 Webster]
Of or pertaining to fate; concerned with destiny. [1913 Webster]
Of or pertaining to witchcraft; caused by, or suggesting, magical influence; supernatural; unearthly; wild; as, a weird appearance, look, sound, etc. [1913 Webster] Myself too had weird seizures. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] Those sweet, low tones, that seemed like a weird incantation. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] Weird sisters, the Fates. [Scot.] --G. Douglas. [1913 Webster] Note: Shakespeare uses the term for the three witches in Macbeth. [1913 Webster] The weird sisters, hand in hand, Posters of the sea and land. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Weird \Weird\, v. t. To foretell the fate of; to predict; to destine to. [Scot.] --Jamieson. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

weird adj
1 suggesting the operation of supernatural influences; "an eldritch screech"; "the three weird sisters"; "stumps...had uncanny shapes as of monstrous creatures"- John Galsworthy; "an unearthly light"; "he could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din"- Henry Kingsley [syn: eldritch, uncanny, unearthly]
2 strikingly odd or unusual; "some trick of the moonlight; some weird effect of shadow"- Bram Stoker n : Fate personified; one of the three Weird Sisters [syn: Wyrd]

Moby Thesaurus

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English

Etymology

From wyrd, through weohrtan.

Pronunciation

  • a RP /wɪəd/, /wI@d/
  • a US /wiɚd/ or /wɪɚd/, /wi@rd/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪə(r)d

Adjective

en-adj er
  1. Having supernatural or preternatural power.
  2. Having an unusually strange character or behaviour.
  3. Deviating from the normal; bizarre.
  4. Of or pertaining to the Fates.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

having supernatural or preternatural power
having an unusually strange character or behaviour
deviating from the normal; bizarre
archaic: of or pertaining to the Fates

Noun

  1. In the context of "archaic|except in Scots": Fate or destiny.
    • 1912: In the weird of death shall the hapless be whelmed, and and from Doom's dark prison / Shall she steal forth never again. — Euripides, Medea, trans. Arthur S. Way (Heinemenn 1946, p. 361)
  2. In the context of "archaic|in plural": The Fates.

Derived terms

Verb

  1. To make someone feel strange.
    Hey man, you're weirding me out.

Scots

Etymology

wyrd.

Pronunciation

  • /wird/

Noun

  1. Fate, destiny.

Derived terms

Weird may refer to:
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