queer

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queer

1. verb To ruin or upset something. You're going to queer the whole thing if you keep asking so many questions!
2. noun A derogatory and highly offensive term for a homosexual, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise non-heterosexual or non-cisgender person.
3. noun A reclaimed term (see Definition 2) used by homosexual, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise non-heterosexual or non-cisgender people to self-identify as such. Yeah, I'm a queer, a dude who likes dudes. So what?
4. noun, slang Alcohol, especially when it is not allowed (such as during Prohibition). You better not get caught drinking that queer in here.
5. adjective Very strange. Everyone could tell he was a queer one as soon as he walked into the party with his mismatched clothing.
6. adjective A derogatory and highly offensive term used to describe a homosexual, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise non-heterosexual or non-cisgender person.
7. adjective A reclaimed term (see Definition 6) used by homosexual, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise non-heterosexual or non-cisgender people to self-identify as such or to describe related issues, interests, etc. Being queer shouldn't mean having to be treated as a second-class citizen. Queer literature is having a renaissance.
8. adjective Describing a sensibility or perspective that rejects the notion that there are only two distinct gender identities. That haircut really suits her queer aesthetic.
9. adjective Having a focus on sex and gender, especially that which is non-heteronormative. Couldn't we also do a queer reading of this text?
10. adjective Fraudulent or illegitimate. Don't show me those queer financial records—I don't want to know anything about your seedy doings!
11. adjective, slang Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really queer.

queered

slang Made or turned into a non-heterosexual. Often but not always used in an offensive derogatory manner. He said he didn't want to join the wrestling team because he was afraid of getting queered by having so much physical contact with other guys. That was so amazing. If I weren't already gay, I think I would have gotten queered by watching it.
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queer

1. mod. counterfeit. I don’t want any queer money.
2. n. illicit liquor, especially whiskey. (Prohibition era.) This isn’t queer; it’s left over from before prohibition.
3. mod. alcohol intoxicated.  After a glass or two, he got a little queer.
4. tv. to spoil something. Please don’t queer the deal.
5. mod. homosexual. (Rude and derogatory. But now in wider use in a positive sense.) She doesn’t like being called queer.
6. n. a homosexual male, occasionally a female. (Rude and derogatory. But now in wider use in a positive sense.) Tell that queer to stop following me.

queered

mod. alcohol intoxicated. (In the sense made bogus.) How can anybody get so queered on two beers?
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References in classic literature ?
'Yes,' replied John, 'Tilly's bridesmaid; and a queer bridesmaid she be, too.
'No,' said Miss Squeers, looking sideways at her parent, 'although I AM a queer bridesmaid, and SHAN'T be a bride in a hurry, and although my husband WILL be in luck, I entertain no sentiments towards you, sir, but sentiments of pity.'
Why look here, Mook, father doesn't know that his store there in town is just a queer jumble, that he'll never sell the stuff he buys.
For, as night came on, a queer, empty feeling at the pit of his stomach reminded the Marionette that he had eaten nothing as yet.
Surely no other little girl ever spent such a queer morning.
"What a queer man," remarked the Munchkin boy, when the party had resumed its journey.
But now Ozma has made her a Princess, and Dorothy's Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are here, too." Here the Shaggy Man uttered a long sigh, and then he continued: "It's a queer country, this Land of Oz; but I like it, nevertheless."
"What a queer country America must be!" she exclaimed in great surprise.
The house itself, suddenly revealed, was a grim weather-beaten structure, built on the very edge of a queer, barrow-like tongue of land which ended with the house itself.
About fifty yards out at sea was a queer wooden structure, set up on strong supports.
It is a queer man-pride that leads one to drink with men in order to show as strong a head as they.
The exciting and surprising readings of texts and contexts which 'might seem like an obvious choice for a queer analysis' rejuvenate queer Shakespeare studies and show there is much still to uncover (123).
"I think for me, my coming out as a queer person--and my having to kind of challenge so many norms and ideas--kind of then led to coming out as an artist." He says after growing up in a very traditional, middle-class Jewish family, shifting from an academic to musical career was still a huge leap of faith.
A mode of resistance is also apparent in David, Hartal and Pascar's paper (this issue), which shows how a queer community center that flew a rainbow flag towards the main street in downtown conservative Jerusalem both constructed the surrounding space as a queer space and, at the same time, challenged the spatial production of Jerusalem as heterosexual and religious.
Halberstam's 2011 book, The Queer Art of Failure is notable in this respect, as she describes an "ethos of resignation to failure, to lack of progress" as a potentially "crucial part of a queer aesthetic" (96).