I. adjective Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1508 1. a. worthless, counterfeit <
queer money
b. questionable, suspicious 2. a. differing in some odd way from what is usual or normal b. (1) eccentric, unconventional (2) mildly insane ; touched c. absorbed or interested to an extreme or unreasonable degree ; obsessed d. (1) often disparaging homosexual (2) sometimes offensive gay 4b 3. not quite well • queerish adjectivequeerly adverbqueerness noun Usage: Over the past two decades, an important change has occurred in the use of queer in sense 2d. The older, strongly pejorative use has certainly not vanished, but a use by some gay people and some academics as a neutral or even positive term has established itself. This development is most noticeable in the adjective but is reflected in the corresponding noun as well. The newer use is sometimes taken to be offensive, especially by older gay men who fostered the acceptance of gay in these uses and still have a strong preference for it. II. transitive verb Date: circa 1812 1. to spoil the effect or success of <
queer one's plans
2. to put or get into an embarrassing or disadvantageous situation III. noun Date: circa 1812 one that is queer; especially often disparaging homosexual Usage: see queer I

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