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This week’s word
the place where something happens, especially an organized event such as a concert, conference, or sports competition: the club is the city's main venue for live music.
• Law the jurisdiction within which a criminal or civil case may or must be heard.
ORIGIN late 16th cent. (denoting a thrust or bout in fencing; also in the Law sense): from Old French, literally ‘a coming’, feminine past participle of venir ‘come’ from Latin venire.
Last week’s word
suggesting something supernatural; uncanny: the weird crying of a seal.
• informal very strange; bizarre: a weird coincidence | all sorts of weird and wonderful characters.
• archaic connected with fate.
noun archaic, chiefly Scottish
a person's destiny.
verb [ with obj. ] (weird someone out) informal
induce a sense of disbelief or alienation in someone.
ORIGIN Old English wyrd‘destiny,’ of Germanic origin. The adjective (late Middle English) originally meant ‘having the power to control destiny,’ and was used esp. in the Weird Sisters, originally referring to the Fates, later the witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth; the latter use gave rise to the sense ‘unearthly’ (early 19th cent).
1 weird apparitions: uncanny, eerie, unnatural, supernatural, unearthly, otherworldly, ghostly, mysterious, strange, abnormal, unusual; eldritch; informal creepy, spooky, freaky. ANTONYMS normal.
2 a weird sense of humor: bizarre, quirky, outlandish, eccentric, unconventional, unorthodox, idiosyncratic, surreal, crazy, peculiar, odd, strange, queer, freakish, zany, madcap, outré; informal bizarro, wacky, freaky, way-out, offbeat, off the wall, wacko. ANTONYMS conventional.
weird out I'm a little weirded out by his spiky blue hair: disturb, freak out, unnerve, unsettle, alarm, alienate.