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If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
Anne Frank

Meaning of "queer" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD QUEER

Perhaps from German quer oblique, ultimately from Old High German twērh.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF QUEER

queer  [kwɪə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF QUEER

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Queer is a verb and can also act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb queer in English.

WHAT DOES QUEER MEAN IN ENGLISH?

queer

Queer

Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities that are not heterosexual, or gender-binary. Originally meaning strange or peculiar, queer developed a usage as a pejorative term for homosexual in the late 19th century. Beginning in the late 1980s, some political and social LGBT groups began to reappropriate the word to establish community and assert a political identity, with it becoming the preferred term to describe some academic disciplines and gaining use as a descriptor of non-heterosexual identities. Queer may be used by those who reject traditional gender identities as a broader, less conformist, and deliberately ambiguous alternative to LGBT. The term is now used in the name of some academic disciplines, such as queer theory, to denote a general opposition to binary thinking. Queer arts, queer cultural groups, and queer political groups are examples of expressions of queer identities. Criticisms of queer include those who associate the term with its pejorative usage and those who associate it with political radicalism.

Definition of queer in the English dictionary

The first definition of queer in the dictionary is differing from the normal or usual in a way regarded as odd or strange. Other definition of queer is suspicious, dubious, or shady. Queer is also faint, giddy, or queasy.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO QUEER

PRESENT

Present
I queer
you queer
he/she/it queers
we queer
you queer
they queer
Present continuous
I am queering
you are queering
he/she/it is queering
we are queering
you are queering
they are queering
Present perfect
I have queered
you have queered
he/she/it has queered
we have queered
you have queered
they have queered
Present perfect continuous
I have been queering
you have been queering
he/she/it has been queering
we have been queering
you have been queering
they have been queering
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I queered
you queered
he/she/it queered
we queered
you queered
they queered
Past continuous
I was queering
you were queering
he/she/it was queering
we were queering
you were queering
they were queering
Past perfect
I had queered
you had queered
he/she/it had queered
we had queered
you had queered
they had queered
Past perfect continuous
I had been queering
you had been queering
he/she/it had been queering
we had been queering
you had been queering
they had been queering
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will queer
you will queer
he/she/it will queer
we will queer
you will queer
they will queer
Future continuous
I will be queering
you will be queering
he/she/it will be queering
we will be queering
you will be queering
they will be queering
Future perfect
I will have queered
you will have queered
he/she/it will have queered
we will have queered
you will have queered
they will have queered
Future perfect continuous
I will have been queering
you will have been queering
he/she/it will have been queering
we will have been queering
you will have been queering
they will have been queering
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would queer
you would queer
he/she/it would queer
we would queer
you would queer
they would queer
Conditional continuous
I would be queering
you would be queering
he/she/it would be queering
we would be queering
you would be queering
they would be queering
Conditional perfect
I would have queer
you would have queer
he/she/it would have queer
we would have queer
you would have queer
they would have queer
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been queering
you would have been queering
he/she/it would have been queering
we would have been queering
you would have been queering
they would have been queering
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you queer
we let´s queer
you queer
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to queer
Past participle
queered
Present Participle
queering
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH QUEER


colloquia
kəˈləʊkwɪə
lequear
ləˈkwɪə
verquere
vəˈkwɪə
wasteweir
ˈweɪstˌwɪə
weir
wɪə
we´re
wɪə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE QUEER

queeny
queer fish
queer someone´s pitch
queer street
queer-basher
queer-bashing
queer-looking
queer-sounding
queercore
queerdom
queerish
queerity
queerly
queerness

WORDS THAT END LIKE QUEER

acting career
beer
career
cheer
deer
engineer
Greer
leer
mechanical engineer
peer
peer-to-peer
pioneer
reindeer
seer
sheer
software engineer
steer
veer
veneer
volunteer

Synonyms and antonyms of queer in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «QUEER»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «queer» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of queer

Translation of «queer» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF QUEER

Find out the translation of queer to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of queer from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «queer» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

酷儿
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

raro
570 millions of speakers

English

queer
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

समलैंगिक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عليل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

странно
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

estranha
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উত্কট
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

bizarre
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pelik
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

sonderbar
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

奇妙な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

동성애
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ngguyu
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

say sưa
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

விந்தை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

विचित्र
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

eşcinsel
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

strano
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

queer
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

дивно
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ciudat
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

queer
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

queer
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

queer
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

queer
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of queer

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «QUEER»

The term «queer» is very widely used and occupies the 21.460 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «QUEER» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «queer» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «queer» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about queer

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «QUEER»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word queer.
1
Joyce Cary
For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity.
2
Carlo Collodi
A boy's appetite grows very fast, and in a few moments the queer, empty feeling had become hunger, and the hunger grew bigger and bigger, until soon he was as ravenous as a bear.
3
Beth Ditto
Because I didn't have any queer, lesbian, female role models I hated my own femininity and had to look deep within myself to create an identity that worked for me. Pop culture just doesn't hand us enough variety to choose from.
4
Dorothy Dix
It is a queer thing, but imaginary troubles are harder to bear than actual ones.
5
Emma Donoghue
I love it when novels contain a broad cast of characters, including queer ones.
6
Kyan Douglas
Queer Eye is a makeover show, meant to help our straight brethren.
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Anne Frank
If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
8
John Galsworthy
When Man evolved Pity, he did a queer thing - deprived himself of the power of living life as it is without wishing it to become something different.
9
Allen Ginsberg
America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
10
Thom Gunn
When I first started to write, I was aware of being queer, but I didn't write about it. queer poems would probably not have been accepted by the editors I sent them to.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «QUEER»

Discover the use of queer in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to queer and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Queer
A haunting tale of possession and exorcism, Queer is also a novel with a history of secrets, as this new edition reveals.
William S. Burroughs, Oliver Harris, 2010
2
Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others
This is a theoretical study of the spatialization of sexuality through a consideration of how the 'orientation' of bodies within a social space informs concepts of sexual desire.
Sara Ahmed, 2006
3
Deleuze and Queer Theory
This exciting collection of work introduces a major shift in debates on sexuality: a shift away from discourse, identity and signification, to a radical new conception of bodily materialism.
Chrysanthi Nigianni, Merl Storr, 2009
4
Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire
Treating such issues as animal sex, species politics, environmental justice, lesbian space and "gay" ghettos, AIDS literatures, and queer nationalities, this lively collection asks important questions at the intersections of sexuality and ...
Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands, Bruce Erickson, 2010
5
Feminist, Queer, Crip
This bold book goes against the grain of normalization and promotes a political framework for a more just world.
Alison Kafer, 2013
6
Queer as Folk: The Book
A richly illustrated companion to the popular Showtime series about a group of gay men and women in Pittsburgh features season-by-season episode synopses, interviews with members of the cast and crew, profiles of the main characters, and ...
Paul Ruditis, 2003
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The Queer Art of Failure
The Queer Art of Failure is about finding alternatives - to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing ...
Judith Halberstam, 2011
8
A Queer History of the United States
“In the age of Twitter and reductive history, we need a complex, fully realized, radical reassessment of history—and A Queer History of the United States is exactly that.
Michael Bronski, 2011
9
Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology
DIVWhile over the past decade a number of scholars have done significant work on questions of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered identities, this volume is the first to collect this groundbreaking work and make black queer ...
E. Patrick Johnson, Mae G. Henderson, 2005
10
Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, ...
'Queer London' explores the underground gay culture of London during four decades when homosexual acts between consenting adults remained illegal.
Matt Houlbrook, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «QUEER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term queer is used in the context of the following news items.
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LGBT Community Organises 'Queer Pride March' in Kerala's …
... Penal Code or IPC and asking for a life of dignity. The sixth edition of the 'Queer Pride March' started from 'Manaveeyam Veedhi' in Thiruvananthapuram. «NDTV, Jul 15»
2
Queer festival in Seoul celebrates community and U.S. ruling
SEOUL, June 29 (UPI) -- South Korea's annual Queer Culture Festival took on a new meaning Saturday, just after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex ... «UPI.com, Jun 15»
3
Garbage to Play Full Debut Album on '20 Years of Queer' Tour
Garbage will celebrate two decades of alt-rock craftsmanship with their "20 Years of Queer" Tour, which kicks off October 6th in San Diego. The American run ... «RollingStone.com, Jun 15»
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'Queer as Folk' Reunion: Creators Talk Early Obstacles and a …
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman talk with THR about the impact of the Showtime drama 10 years after it wrapped its five-season run: "People came for the queer ... «Hollywood Reporter, Jun 15»
5
Not Your Mother's Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer
All of them are queer people of color. "I wanted to specifically focus on this community because queer and trans people of color are so rarely represented in the ... «NPR, May 15»
6
US film Carol wins Queer Palm at Cannes
A lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara won the independently sponsored 2015 Queer Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival Saturday ... «RFI, May 15»
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Queer leaders at UC Santa Cruz looking for answers after attack
Monday, queer student leaders, campus administrators and directors from LGBTQ centers at other UC campuses met to discuss changes that could be ... «San Jose Mercury News, Apr 15»
8
Community: “Queer Studies And Advanced Waxing”
The difficulty in evaluating a show that's gone through as many changes as has Community is figuring out the metric by which it should be evaluated. It seems ... «A.V. Club, Mar 15»
9
Queer as Folk: Where are they now?
Stuart, Vince and Nathan caused quite a stir when they first appeared on the nation's screens in 1999 in Russell T Davies' Queer as Folk. The attractive young ... «Radio Times, Jan 15»
10
Queer As Folk cast - Then and Now: What the show's stars did next
A Russell T Davies TV project is always something to be excited about. From gifting us Queer as Folk to saving Doctor Who, he has given us a lot to be grateful ... «Digital Spy UK, Jan 15»

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