From Middle English werde, wierde, wirde, wyrede, wurde, from Old English wyrd ("fate"), from Proto-West Germanic *wurdi, from Proto-Germanic *wurdiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wert- ("to turn, wind"). Cognate with Icelandic urður ("fate"). Related to Old English weorþan ("to become"). wyrd. More at worth.
Weird was extinct by the 16th century in English. It survived in Scots, whence Shakespeare borrowed it in naming the Weird Sisters, reintroducing it to English. The senses "abnormal", "strange" etc. arose via reinterpretation of Weird Sisters and date from after this reintroduction.
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