Queer vs. Steer

Queer vs. Steer — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Queer and Steer

Queeradjective

Deviating from what is expected or normal; strange

"The light above his head made a queer reflection of himself in the glowing wineglass" (Carson McCullers).

Steerverb

To guide (a vessel or vehicle), especially by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or wheel

steered the car around the curve.

Queeradjective

Odd or unconventional, as in behavior; eccentric

"His mother is very queer, with witchy hair and mismatched shoes" (Caroline Preston).

Steerverb

To set and follow (a course)

steered a path around the rocks.

Queeradjective

Of a questionable nature or character; suspicious

thought there was something queer about his explanation.

Steerverb

To direct the course of

steered the business toward record profits.
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Queeradjective

Offensive Slang Gay or lesbian.

Steerverb

To advise or direct (a person) toward a place or course of action

steered the intern toward a career in sales.

Queeradjective

Usage Problem Of or relating to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, or transgender people.

Steerverb

To guide a vessel or vehicle.

Queeradjective

Feeling slightly ill, as in being dizzy or queasy.

Steerverb

To follow or move in a set course.

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Queernoun

Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a gay man or a lesbian.

Steerverb

To admit of being steered or guided

a craft that steers easily.

Queernoun

Usage Problem A lesbian, gay male, bisexual, or transgender person.

Steernoun

A piece of advice

The salesman gave me a bum steer on that new car.

Queerverb

To ruin or thwart

"might try to queer the Games with anything from troop movements ... to a bomb attack" (Newsweek).

Steernoun

A young ox, especially one castrated before sexual maturity and raised for beef.

Queeradjective

(dated) Weird, odd or different; whimsical.

Steernoun

The castrated male of cattle, especially one raised for beef production.

Queeradjective

Slightly unwell (mainly in to feel queer).

Steernoun

(informal) A suggestion about a course of action.

Queeradjective

(colloquial) Homosexual.

Steernoun

(obsolete) A helmsman; a pilot.

Queeradjective

(colloquial) Not heterosexual: homosexual, bisexual, asexual, etc.

Steerverb

(transitive) To castrate (a male calf).

Queeradjective

(broadly) Pertaining to sexual behaviour or identity which does not conform to conventional heterosexual norms, assumptions etc.

Steerverb

(intransitive) To guide the course of a vessel, vehicle, aircraft etc. (by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or steering wheel).

The boat steered towards the iceberg.I steered homeward.

Queernoun

(colloquial) A person who is or appears homosexual, or who has homosexual qualities.

Steerverb

(transitive) To guide the course of a vessel, vehicle, aircraft etc. (by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or steering wheel).

I find it very difficult to steer a skateboard.When planning the boat trip, we had completely forgotten that we needed somebody to steer.

Queernoun

(colloquial) A person of any non-heterosexual sexuality or sexual identity.

Steerverb

(intransitive) To be directed and governed; to take a direction, or course; to obey the helm.

The boat steers easily.

Queernoun

General term of abuse, casting aspersions on target's sexuality; compare gay.

Steerverb

(transitive) To direct a group of animals.

Queernoun

Counterfeit money.

Steerverb

(transitive) To maneuver or manipulate a person or group into a place or course of action.

Hume believes that principles of association steer the imagination of artists.

Queerverb

(transitive) To render an endeavor or agreement ineffective or null.

Steerverb

(transitive) To direct a conversation.

Queerverb

To puzzle.

Steerverb

To conduct oneself; to take or pursue a course of action.

Queerverb

To ridicule; to banter; to rally.

Steernoun

an indication of potential opportunity;

he got a tip on the stock marketa good lead for a job

Queerverb

To spoil the effect or success of, as by ridicule; to throw a wet blanket on; to spoil.

Steernoun

castrated bull

Queerverb

(social science) To reevaluate or reinterpret (a work) with an eye to sexual orientation and/or to gender, as by applying queer theory.

Steerverb

direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Queeradverb

Queerly.

Steerverb

direct (oneself) somewhere;

Steer clear of him

Queernoun

offensive terms for an openly homosexual man

Steerverb

be a guiding force, as with directions or advice;

The teacher steered the gifted students towards the more challenging courses

Queerverb

hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of;

What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surgefoil your opponent

Queerverb

put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position

Queeradjective

beyond or deviating from the usual or expected;

a curious hybrid accenther speech has a funny twangthey have some funny ideas about warhad an odd namethe peculiar aromatic odor of clovessomething definitely queer about this townwhat a rum fellowsingular behavior

Queeradjective

not as expected;

there was something fishy about the accidentup to some funny businesssome definitely queer goings-ona shady dealher motives were suspectsuspicious behavior

Queeradjective

homosexual or arousing homosexual desires