from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or suggestive of the preternatural or supernatural.
  • adj. Of a strikingly odd or unusual character; strange.
  • adj. Archaic Of or relating to fate or the Fates.
  • n. Fate; destiny.
  • n. One's assigned lot or fortune, especially when evil.
  • n. Greek & Roman Mythology One of the Fates.
  • transitive v. Slang To experience or cause to experience an odd, unusual, and sometimes uneasy sensation. Often used with out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Fate; destiny; luck.
  • n. A prediction.
  • n. A spell or charm.
  • n. That which comes to pass; a fact.
  • n. The Fates (personified).
  • adj. Connected with fate or destiny; able to influence fate.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to witches or witchcraft; supernatural; unearthly; suggestive of witches, witchcraft, or unearthliness; wild; uncanny.
  • adj. Having supernatural or preternatural power.
  • adj. Having an unusually strange character or behaviour.
  • adj. Deviating from the normal; bizarre.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Fates.
  • v. To destine; doom; change by witchcraft or sorcery.
  • v. To warn solemnly; adjure.
  • v. To make (one) feel weird; make uneasy or uncomfortable due to weirdness; strike one as being weird.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to fate; concerned with destiny.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to witchcraft; caused by, or suggesting, magical influence; supernatural; unearthly; wild.
  • n. Fate; destiny; one of the Fates, or Norns; also, a prediction.
  • n. A spell or charm.
  • transitive v. To foretell the fate of; to predict; to destine to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Connected with fate or destiny; able to influence fate.
  • Of or pertaining to witches or witchcraft; supernatural; hence, unearthly; suggestive of witches, witchery, or unearthliness; wild; uncanny.
  • To destine; doom; change by witchcraft or sorcery.
  • To warn solemnly; adjure.
  • n. Fate; destiny; luck.
  • n. A prediction.
  • n. A spell; a charm.
  • n. That which comes to pass; a fact.
  • n. The Fates personified.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. strikingly odd or unusual
  • n. fate personified; any one of the three Weird Sisters
  • adj. suggesting the operation of supernatural influences


Middle English werde, fate, having power to control fate, from Old English wyrd, fate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English werde, wierde, wirde, wyrede, wurde, from Old English wyrd, wurd ("that which happens, fate, chance, fortune, destiny, Fate, the Fates, Providence, event, phenomenon, transaction, fact, deed"), from Proto-Germanic *wurdiz (“fate, destiny”), from Proto-Indo-European *wert- (“to turn, wind”). Cognate with Middle Low German wrd, wrth ("fate, death"), Middle High German wurt ("fate, death"), Icelandic urður ("fate"). Related to Old English weorþan ("to become"). More at worth. (Wiktionary)


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