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English definition of “queer”

queer

adjective uk   /kwɪər/ us    /kwɪr/

queer adjective (GAY)

offensive (especially of a man) gay Note: Gay people sometimes use this word in a way that is not offensive.

queer adjective (STRANGE)

old-fashioned strange, unusual, or not expected: What a queer thing to say! I'm feeling rather queer (= ill), may I sit down?

queer

noun [C] uk   /kwɪər/ us    /kwɪr/ offensive
a gay person, especially a man

queer

verb uk   /kwɪər/ us    /kwɪr/ UK informal
queer sb's pitch to spoil a chance or an opportunity for someone, often on purpose: If she asks Ian for a pay rise before I do, it will probably queer my pitch.
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