'Weird' or 'Wierd': How Do You Spell 'Weird'?

By Carly Forsaith, updated on August 24, 2022

The word weird can be tricky to spell. Is it ‘weird’ or ‘wierd’? Please read this article to find out the correct spelling and meaning of the word, plus how and when to use it.

So how do you spell 'weird'?

The correct answer is that you should spell it ‘weird’ with the 'e' coming before the 'i.' ‘Wierd’ is not the correct way to spell the word and is always seen as an error when spelled that way.

‘Weird’ or ‘Wierd’? How to Spell 'Weird'

Let's break down the word a bit more and look into how spellings and some related rules of the English language work. If you're only looking for how to spell the word, you have your answer. If you want to keep learning about the background and possible mistakes using the word, then you can keep reading.

A Note on Spellings and Rules of the English Language

The English language has many rules… and many exceptions.

Case in point, with our articles Nosy vs. Nosey, Dying vs. Dieing, or Time Flies vs. Time Flys.

The rules are put in place to help learners grasp the correct use of the language, from grammar to spelling and proper verb usage.

Teachers and educators over the years have put their heads together to come up with catchy ways to help their students remember the rules.

And that’s all well and good, but unfortunately, English is one of the languages with the most exceptions to the rules, making it particularly difficult for users to get it right.

To illustrate, let us tell you about the rule for words with the letters ‘i’ and ‘e.’

There’s a mnemonic that goes something like this: “I before e, except after c.” This catchy, rhyming sentence has good intentions, but the problem is that it doesn’t even apply to most words. Indeed, there are so many exceptions that it can’t exactly function as a rule.

In fact, we should probably disregard it entirely.

So, if you’d never heard this mnemonic before, we encourage you to forget it quickly. But knowing this does help to understand why there is such confusion around the spelling of the word ‘weird.’ It’s because, according to the popular rhyme that is often taught in schools, the word should be spelled ‘wierd.’

Other Potential Misspellings Outside of 'Weird' or 'Wierd'

Several other words could be confused with the word ‘weird’ due to their similar spelling and almost identical series of letters. Here are some of those words:

  • Word: not to be confused with ‘weird,’ words are single elements of a sentence that, when all connected, form a sentence.
  • Wired: refers to a device that is connected via wires or cables.
  • Wield: with only a single letter to differentiate the word ‘wield’ from ‘weird,’ the meaning is entirely different. ‘Wield’ means to handle something effectively.
  • Weir: a structure built across a river to raise or lower upstream water level.

What Does ‘Weird’ Mean?

So what does the word ‘weird’ actually mean? Let’s explore its definition and the different forms the word can take.

Let’s Define the Word ‘Weird’

The most common use of the word ‘weird’ is to describe something as odd.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary also explains a second meaning: of, relating to, or caused by witchcraft or the supernatural. But the word is rarely used in that sense anymore. It is a leftover definition from the original meaning of the word.

Indeed, the word ‘weird’ comes from the Old English word ‘wyrd,’ which means ‘fate.’ But the word evolved to refer to witchery, a meaning that Shakespeare’s Weird Sisters notably popularized.

Either way, the word is an adjective, which means it’s used to qualify a noun.

Using 'Weird' or 'wierd' in a Sentence

Here are a few examples of the word 'weird' in a sentence:

  • She has a weird look on her face.
  • 'That’s weird - I was sure I changed the meeting time to 12 pm.
  • What’s that weird contraption you’ve got in your hands?

Note how the word ‘weird’ in these sentences always describes the noun in the sentence.

We won't be giving any examples of the word 'wierd' in a sentence because, as you now know, this is not a word.

The Adverbial Form

The word ‘weird’ can also take on other grammatical forms. One of those is that of an adverb: ‘weirdly.’

As a reminder, an adverb modifies an adjective, a verb, a clause, another adverb, or other types of words or phrases. This means you can use ‘weirdly’ in a sentence to express that the thing being done had an odd quality to it. See the following examples:

  • She’s been behaving weirdly around me since I broke the news.
  • The restaurant was weirdly quiet for a Friday evening.
  • That shirt looks weirdly similar to the one I lost.

In the third sentence, the adverb ‘weirdly’ also adds a sense of suspiciousness to the situation.

The Noun Form

You can also transform the adjective ‘weird’ into a noun to make the word ‘weirdness.’ A noun is a word that names something - a person, a thing, an object, a situation, and so on. See the following example:

To add to the weirdness of the situation, my partner started waking up in the middle of the night.


You could also add an adjective into the first clause to qualify the noun ‘weirdness.’ For example:

To add to the increasing weirdness of the situation, my partner started waking up in the middle of the night.

Comparative and Superlative Forms

Comparatives are used, as you may have guessed, to compare two things in a sentence. You can also use them to describe the phenomenon of something increasing in that particular quality.

A superlative is a level up from a comparative, showing that the subject is the most or least of something.

‘Weird’ can take on the form of both of these.

First, let’s have an example of ‘weird’ as a comparative:

  • I find this play a lot weirder than the last one you directed.
  • Ben’s behavior is getting weirder and weirder.

In the first example, the speaker explains that they found the last play weird, but this one even more so.

In the second example, it’s clear that Ben’s behavior was weird before, but it is getting weirder. Hence the use of a superlative to show the increasing weirdness of Ben’s behavior.

Let’s see now an example of ‘weird’ as a superlative:

That’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard.

Nothing is weirder than what this speaker just heard. That’s when the use of superlatives comes in: when nothing can top it.

The Verb Form

You can also turn the word ‘weird’ into verb form with some tweaking.

‘To Weird Out’ means to provoke in someone a sensation of uneasiness or to experience an odd feeling.

  • That’s weirding me out, man.
  • I’m completely weirded out.

Does That Help Clarify the Spelling of 'Weird' or 'Wierd'?

We could go on and on about the meaning of the word and the various forms it can take on. But we’ll leave it here for now, as we believe we have accomplished our primary aim for this article: to clarify the correct spelling of the word.

To summarize: the word ‘weird’ is always spelled that way, with the ‘e’ before the ‘i’. It is never correct to spell it ‘wierd,’ and if it were to be spelled that way, it would be considered an error.

‘Weird’ is an adjective, but you can transform the word into other types of words depending on your needs.

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Written By:
Carly Forsaith
Carly Forsaith is one of the lead freelance writers for WritingTips.org. Carly is a copywriter who has been writing about the English language for over 3 years. Before that, she was a teacher in Thailand, helping people learn English as a second language. She is a total grammar nerd and spends her time spotting language errors on signs and on the internet.

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