weirdly, adv.weirdness, n.
/weard/, adj., weirder, weirdest, n.
1. involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny: a weird sound; weird lights.
2. fantastic; bizarre: a weird getup.
3. Archaic. concerned with or controlling fate or destiny.
n. Chiefly Scot.
4. fate; destiny.
5. fate (def. 6).
[bef. 900; (n.) ME (northern form of wird), OE wyrd; akin to WORTH2; (adj.) ME, orig. attributive n. in phrase werde sisters the Fates (popularized as appellation of the witches in Macbeth)]
Syn. 1. unnatural, preternatural. WEIRD, EERIE, UNEARTHLY, UNCANNY refer to that which is mysterious and apparently outside natural law. WEIRD refers to that which is suggestive of the fateful intervention of supernatural influences in human affairs: the weird adventures of a group lost in the jungle. EERIE refers to that which, by suggesting the ghostly, makes one's flesh creep: an eerie moaning from a deserted house. UNEARTHLY refers to that which seems by its nature to belong to another world: an unearthly light that preceded the storm. UNCANNY refers to that which is mysterious because of its apparent defiance of the laws established by experience: an uncanny ability to recall numbers.
Ant. 1. natural.

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