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weird

weird

 
 
pronunciation:
wIrd
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: strange or odd; puzzlingly unusual.
His weird behavior has his parents worried.
 
synonyms:
odd, strange
antonyms:
normal
similar words:
crazy, curious, eccentric, fantastic, grotesque, peculiar, queer, uncanny, unusual
definition 2: mysterious, strange, eerie, or ghostly.
A weird laugh came from the closet.
synonyms:
eerie
similar words:
ghostly, mysterious, 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.