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


gay, homosexual, lesbian, lesbigay
rare homophile, Uranian

heterosexual, straight

4‘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 around 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


    in queer street

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

    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
    British on the breadline, without a penny, without a penny to one's name
    informal 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
    rare pauperized, beggared
    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, nutcase, case, head case, crank, crackpot, loony, loon
    British one-off, odd bod, nutter
    North American wacko, wack, screwball, kook
    Australian, New Zealand dingbat