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weird

weird

 
 
pronunciation:
wIrd
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: strange, odd, or unconventional; puzzlingly unusual.
It was weird that the lights were all on but no one answered the door.
 
synonyms:
bizarre, odd, outlandish, strange
antonyms:
conventional, normal
similar words:
crazy, curious, eccentric, fantastic, freaky, grotesque, Kafkaesque, offbeat, peculiar, queer, uncanny, unconventional, uncouth, unusual
definition 2: of or relating to the occult or otherworldly; eerie or unearthly.
We heard a weird laugh, like that of a witch.In the street, there was a weird silence.
synonyms:
eerie, freaky, otherworldly, unearthly
similar words:
ghostly, inexplicable, mysterious, occult, preternatural, spooky, supernatural, uncanny, unnatural
derivations: weirdly (adv.), weirdness (n.)
Word History
In ancient Norse mythology, a person's destiny was controlled by three sister-goddesses, often called the "weird sisters." In Old English, weird (spelled wyrd) means "fate" or "destiny." Artists often gave these eerie goddesses a strange, witch-like appearance, which may be why "weird" means what it does today.