From Scottish, perhaps from Low German (Brunswick dialect) queer "oblique, off-center", related to German quer "oblique, perverse, odd", from Old High German twerh "oblique," from PIE stem *twerk- "to turn, twist, wind" (related to thwart).
AHD|kwÃ®r (for both noun and adjective; but see usage note on pronunciation)
The use of this word to mean "homosexual" was formerly, and is often still, considered pejorative. However, in the way that all language is dynamic and pliable, the word is also sometimes now used (primarily as adjective) as a neutral or even positive descriptive term, including by some (primarily younger) homosexuals. In its pejorative use, it is applied almost solely to males. In its modern neutral use, it can be applied to all genders.
:Some GLBT youth now use the term as an "all-inclusive" term for the GLBTIQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersex, Queer) etc. community.
:'Queer' is also used as a positive term for people who reject mainstream-gay values and culture. People who identify with this version of queer distance themselves from the commercialisation and (relatively) conformist values of the gay mainstream and embrace fluid and unconstrained definitions of sexuality and gender. There is some common ground between this definition of queer and the punk and DIY scenes. See also "genderqueer".
In the English dialect of the southern United States, the two senses of the adjective queer (homosexual and weird, odd, different, or unwell) are sometimes distinguished by pronunciation. Queer (homosexual) is pronounced (kwÃ®r), queer (weird, odd, different, or unwell) is pronounced (kwÃ¤r). This is generally considered old-fashioned and is only used when the word is emphasized, as in the phrase "that's awful queer" (pronounced THÄ�ts Ã´r'fÉ�l kwÃ¤r). The distinction is dying out as that latter sense of the word dies out.
- context|Derogatory, slang A homosexual; a person who appear|appears homosexual, or a person who has homosexual quality|qualities.
- context|slang A person of non-heterosexual orientation: an asexual, bisexual, homosexual, transsexual, transgender, or questioning person.
Breton: heÃ±velreviad m (neutral), paotretaer m (inoffensive), pich kaoc'h m (highly offensive)
Bulgarian: Ñ�Ð¾Ð¼Ð¾Ñ�ÐµÐºÑ�Ñ�Ð°Ð»Ð¸Ñ�Ñ� m, Ð³ÐµÐ¹ m, Ð¿ÐµÐ´Ð°Ð» m (highly offensive)
Dutch: homoseksueel m, homo m, holebi (also includes lesbians and bisexuals)
Finnish: homo, homoseksuaali (inoffensive), hintti
French: gay m (inoffensive), pÃ©dÃ© m (highly offensive)
German: Homosexueller m, Schwuler m, Lesbe f (latter two sometimes offensive)
Italian: gay m, finocchio m (offensive)
Polish: homoseksualista, gej, pedaÅ� (offensive), ciota (highly offensive).
Portuguese: homossexual; gay; bicha (offensive), viado, (highly offensive)
Russian: Ð³ÐµÐ¹, Ð³Ð¾Ð¼Ð¾Ñ�ÐµÐºÑ�Ñ�Ð°Ð»Ð¸Ñ�Ñ� (neutral), Ð¿ÐµÐ´ÐµÑ�Ð°Ñ�Ñ� (offensive), Ð³Ð¾Ð¼Ð¾Ñ�ÐµÐº (offensive), Ð¿ÐµÐ´Ð¸Ðº (offensive), Ð¿Ð¸Ð´Ð¾Ñ�Ð°Ñ� (highly offensive)
Spanish: apio m
Swedish: gay, bÃ¶g
- (somewhat old-fashioned) Weird, odd or different.
- (somewhat old-fashioned) Slightly unwell (mainly in to feel queer).
- slang Homosexual.
- slang Having to do with homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism, etc.
weird, odd, different
Bulgarian: Ñ�Ñ�Ñ�Ð°Ð½ÐµÐ½ m, Ñ�Ñ�Ð´Ð°Ñ� m, Ð¾Ñ�Ð¾Ð±ÐµÐ½ m
Dutch: bizar, afwijkend
Italian: strano, curioso, un po' male
Portuguese: bizarro, estranho
Scottish Gaelic: neÃ²nach
French: mal fichu (to feel queer se sentir mal fichu)
Italian un po' male (to feel queer stare un po' male, sentirsi poco bene)
Bulgarian: Ñ�Ð¾Ð¼Ð¾Ñ�ÐµÐºÑ�Ñ�Ð°Ð»ÐµÐ½ m
Dutch: homoseksueel, homo
French: gay (inoffensive), pÃ©dÃ© (highly offensive)
Italian: omosessuale (neutral)
Spanish: marica, maricÃ³n, trucha, julay, soplanucas, muerdealmohadas (very offensive), joto m (offensive)
Having to do with homosexuality, etc.
- To render an endeavor or agreement ineffective or null.
- To reevaluate or reinterpret a work with an eye to sexual orientation and/or gender, as by applying queer theory.