Weird vs Distinctive - What's the difference?
As a noun weird
is (acronym) western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic.
As an adjective distinctive is
that serves to distinguish between things.
* (l) (obsolete)
Connected with fate or destiny; able to influence fate.
Of or pertaining to witches or witchcraft; supernatural; unearthly; suggestive of witches, witchcraft, or unearthliness; wild; uncanny.
* Shakespeare, Macbeth , Act 1 Scene 5
- Those sweet, low tones, that seemed like a weird incantation.
Having supernatural or preternatural power.
- Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it, came missives from the king, who all-hailed me, 'Thane of Cawdor'; by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time, with 'Hail, king that shalt be!'
Having an unusually strange character or behaviour.
- There was a weird light shining above the hill.
Deviating from the normal; bizarre.
- There are lots of weird people in this place.
(archaic) Of or pertaining to the Fates.
- It was quite weird to bump into all my ex-girlfriends on the same day.
* Weird is one of the most noted exceptions to the (I before E except after C) spelling heuristic.
* (having supernatural or preternatural power) eerie, uncanny
* (unusually strange in character or behaviour) fremd, oddball, peculiar, whacko
* (deviating from the normal) bizarre, fremd, odd, out of the ordinary, strange
* (of or pertaining to the Fates) fateful
* See also
* weird out
(archaic) Fate; destiny; luck.
* 1912 , , trans. Arthur S. Way (Heinemenn 1946, p. 361)
(obsolete, Scotland) A spell or charm.
- In the weird of death shall the hapless be whelmed, and from Doom’s dark prison / Shall she steal forth never again.
That which comes to pass; a fact.
(archaic, in the plural) The Fates (personified).
- (Sir Walter Scott)
To destine; doom; change by witchcraft or sorcery.
To warn solemnly; adjure.
See weird out .
- That joke really weirded me out.
that serves to distinguish between things
that is characteristic or typical of something