queer Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “queer” in the English Dictionary

"queer" in British English

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uk   /kwɪər/  us   /kwɪr/

queer adjective (GAY)

often 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 ​feelingrather queer (= ​ill), may I ​sit down?

queernoun [C]

uk   /kwɪər/  us   /kwɪr/ often offensive
a ​gayperson, ​especially a man


uk   /kwɪər/  us   /kwɪr/
queer sb's pitch UK informal to ​spoil a ​chance or an ​opportunity for someone, often on ​purpose: If she ​asks Dan for a ​payrise before I do, it will ​probably queer my ​pitch.
(Definition of queer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"queer" in American English

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queeradjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /kwɪər/
dated unusual or ​strange: She had a queer ​expression on her ​face.
(Definition of queer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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