Synonyms of queer in English:


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1‘it seemed queer to see the windows all dark’

odd, strange, unusual, funny, peculiar, curious, bizarre, weird, outlandish, eccentric, unconventional, unorthodox, uncanny, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, anomalous, atypical, untypical, different, out of the ordinary, out of the way, extraordinary, remarkable, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, unaccountable, incongruous, uncommon, irregular, outré, offbeat, singular, deviant, aberrant, freak, freakish
suspicious, dubious, questionable
eerie, unnatural
Scottish unco
informal fishy, creepy, spooky, freaky
British informal rum
North American informal off the wall

ordinary, conventional, normal

2‘there's something queer going on up there’

suspicious, suspect, irregular, questionable, dubious, doubtful, funny, mysterious, murky, dark, criminal, dishonest, corrupt, nefarious, crafty, deceitful, shifty, underhand, dishonourable, unscrupulous, unprincipled, fraudulent, illegal, unlawful
informal fishy, shady, bent

3‘you just feel queer because you're packed full of drugs’

ill, unwell, poorly, bad, out of sorts, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out, faint, dizzy, giddy
British off, off colour
informal under the weather, below par, not up to par, funny, peculiar, rough, lousy, rotten, awful, terrible, dreadful
British informal grotty, ropy
Scottish informal wabbit, peely-wally
Australian, New Zealand informal crook
vulgar slang crappy
dated seedy
rare peaked, peakish



1‘trying to crash the party would probably queer the whole deal’

spoil, damage, impair, harm, be detrimental to, mar, wreck, destroy, devastate, smash, shatter, scupper, scotch, disrupt, undo, thwart, hinder, foil, ruin, blight, injure, cripple, hurt, jeopardize, endanger, imperil, threaten, put at risk, undermine, prejudice, be prejudicial to, be disadvantageous to, play havoc with, be deleterious to, compromise
informal botch, blow, put the kibosh on


    queer fish

    ‘they have invariably chosen the queer fish in preference to the more or less recognisable member of the human race’


    eccentric, oddity, odd fellow, unorthodox person, character, individualist, individual, free spirit, misfit

    oddball, weirdo, weirdie, freak, nut, nutter, nutcase, case, head case, crank, crackpot, loony, loon


    one-off, odd bod

    North American

    wacko, wack, screwball, kook

    Australian, New Zealand


    in queer street

    ‘if it wasn't for my pension I'd be in queer street’

    British informal

    impoverished, poor, penniless, penurious, in penury, indigent, insolvent, impecunious, moneyless, hard up, poverty-stricken, needy, in need, in want, destitute

    poor as a church mouse, without a sou, in straitened circumstances, on one's beam ends, unable to make ends meet


    on the breadline, without a penny, without a penny to one's name


    broke, flat broke, strapped for cash, cleaned out, strapped, on one's uppers, without two brass farthings to rub together, without two pennies farthings to rub together

    British informal

    skint, boracic, stony broke

    North American informal

    stone broke


    pauperized, beggared