May 03, 2013
- weird (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : of, relating to, or caused by witchcraft or magic2 : very unusual or strange : fantastic
- How do you use it?
- When Julia visited the medieval Scottish castle, she had a weird feeling that she had been there before.
- Are you a word wiz?
"Weird" comes from the Old English word "wyrd." What do you think "wyrd" meant?The belief in fate, a force that cannot be explained, predicted, or controlled, dates from a time when people understood very little about the laws of nature. Such a belief might have made it easier to live with life's misfortunes. The Old English word for "fate" was "wyrd." When the English began translating Latin works, they used this word for the Roman Fates, goddesses who were believed to control events in human lives. When the Fates were described as "weird sisters," the first use of "weird" as an adjective occurred. In time the Modern English word "weird" came to refer to things that seemed to happen by magic or that were strange, unusual, or mysterious.