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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from German quer 'going across'

queer

1 adjective
     
queer1
1 taboo an offensive word used to describe someone who is homosexual, especially a man. Do not use this word.
2 old-fashioned strange or difficult to explain:
She gave a queer laugh.
Hank was beginning to feel a little queer.
3

queer in the head

old-fashioned slightly crazy
queerly adverb:
Sue looked at him queerly.

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