Meaning of “weird” in the English Dictionary

"weird" in British English

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uk /wɪəd/ us /wɪrd/

B2 very strange and unusual, unexpected, or not natural:

He was sitting alone by a window with a weird contraption on the table in front of him.
Her boyfriend's a bit weird but she's nice.
That's weird - I thought I left my keys on the table but they're not there.
There is nothing to rival the weird and wonderful things that come out on the Rio streets at carnival time.

More examples

  • She'd cooked up some weird scheme that was going to earn her a fortune.
  • Jimi Hendrix loved to fling his guitar around to get weird and wonderful sounds from the feedback.
  • Some people think I'm weird doing meditation, but it works for me and that's all that matters.
  • I heard some weird noises coming from outside.
  • The table was covered with all sorts of weird and wonderful food.
adverb uk /ˈwɪə us /ˈwɪ
noun [ U ] uk /ˈwɪəd.nəs/ us /ˈwɪrd.nəs/

(Definition of “weird” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"weird" in American English

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weirdadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /wɪərd/

strange and different from anything natural or ordinary:

She is a little weird in the way she dresses, I have to admit.

(Definition of “weird” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)