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queer Queer Nation the name of a campaigning lesbian and gay rights organization founded in the US in 1990, reflecting a militant form of gay activism which set out deliberately to reclaim the contemptuous slang use of queer to mean a homosexual by transmuting what was originally regarded as pejorative into a force for asserting the rights of the group concerned.
Queer Street an imaginary street where people in difficulties are supposed to reside; the term is recorded from the early 19th century, and is now used particularly in relation to financial difficulty.

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queer / kwi(ə)r/ • adj. 1. strange; odd: she had a queer feeling that they were being watched. ∎ dated slightly ill. 2. inf., usu. offens. (esp. of a man) homosexual. • n. inf., usu. offens. a homosexual man. • v. [tr.] inf. spoil or ruin (an agreement, event, or situation): Reg didn't want someone meddling and queering the deal at the last minute. DERIVATIVES: queer·ish adj.queer·ly adv.queer·ness n.

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queer odd, strange XVI (first in Sc.); out of sorts, drunk XVIII. of uncert. orig. Identical in form with sl. queer bad (XVI).
Hence queer vb. quiz, puzzle, ridicule XVIII; spoil XIX.

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