In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(odd)raroextrañohow queer! — ¡qué raro / extraño / curioso!
- I think he's a bit queer in the head — creo que está un poco mal de la cabeza
- Now why is the right foot a weird blue and left foot a queer red?
- A queer assortment, though such combinations are not unusual in the rural areas.
- Dr. Strange is known for being the master of the queer and unusual dark arts of magic.
- With a queer uncanny innocence, he seems always to have taken this one thing for granted.
- ‘He was always a queer man but that winter he was queerer than ever,’ remembered Black Elk.
- I invite you to relive this most extraordinary of expeditions with me as we explore the strange and queer lands of England, Scotland, and the airport in Germany.
- Something in Dana's head felt weird, but not any stranger than the queer feeling in her heart.
- It enabled Guy to better understand the strange world of the Middle Sentients, the queer creatures who moved about the parallel world.
- On the way home he wonders why he must be so queer and strange and spoil things.
- A queer man he was, with a right eye that was bigger than his left - and it twitched.
- Some local people seem not to exactly understand Coleman's exploits that may radiate a queer mystery.
- There is a curious, not to say queer paradox here, though.
- So there were many types of guppies, tetra and this queer tortoise with a spout for mouth - really strange looking.
- To me it was much more to do with irony, or some weird twisted queer sense of humour.
- This is a strange, queer, odd bunch - an odd assortment.
- The rest of the group will be wearing masks called Zevala, dedicated to eccentric and queer animals from mythology.
- He said this strangely, as if it was a queer thing to be up at this hour.
- I never thought of myself as having any morals but it seems a few firmly held convictions are lurking in there somewhere, doing queer things to my stomach when someone questions their validity.
- It was a queer remark, mediaeval in its construction, but searing in its heat.
- The only strange thing was a queer kind of mound, in a glade by the bank of a stream.
2offensive, slang(male homosexual)maricón informal offensivehomosexualgay
3British informal(unwell)(usually predicative) mal(usually predicative) indispuestoto feel queer — encontrarse mal / indispuesto
1maricón masculine informal offensivehomosexual masculinegay masculinebefore noun queer bashing — ataques gratuitos a homosexuales
- This is the time of the year, when commercial establishments queer their pitch for selling their products.
- But then America and Europe queered the pitch, like they always do.
- But with this marriage alliance queering the pitch as far as India is concerned, it could be a long time before he appears on Indian TV screens again.
- It would seem likely that there is at least an oral agreement that Corel will not start any more such lawsuits to queer Microsoft 's pitch in the corporate marketplace.
- The financial services industry has to a large extent queered its own pitch.
- Nor did he want to queer his pitch with the Labour leadership, when he decided to press forward with his avowed intention to seek re-entry to the party at a later date.
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