weird
I. noun Etymology: Middle English wird, werd, from Old English wyrd; akin to Old Norse urthr fate, Old English weorthan to become — more at worth Date: before 12th century 1. fate, destiny; especially ill fortune 2. soothsayer II. adjective Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or caused by witchcraft or the supernatural ; magical 2. of strange or extraordinary character ; odd, fantasticweirdly adverbweirdness noun Synonyms: weird, eerie, uncanny mean mysteriously strange or fantastic. weird may imply an unearthly or supernatural strangeness or it may stress queerness or oddness <
weird creatures from another world
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. eerie suggests an uneasy or fearful consciousness that mysterious and malign powers are at work <
an eerie calm preceded the bombing raid
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. uncanny implies disquieting strangeness or mysteriousness <
an uncanny resemblance between total strangers
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Weird — Weird, v. t. To foretell the fate of; to predict; to destine to. [Scot.] Jamieson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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