Full record for weird adj.

Definition describing supernatural horror (often in "weird fiction," "weird tale," etc.)
OED requirements antedating 1934
Earliest cite in Astounding Stories
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite from Astonishing Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a 1940 cite from a letter in Astonishing Stories. Fred Galvin submitted two 1934 cites from an editorial and letter in Astounding Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a 2006 cite from an article by Thomas Hull in Math Horizons.

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Citations for weird adj.

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1934 Astounding Stories Sept. 158/1 I noticed a letter by Robert Lowndes headed as ‘Absolute Freedom of Thought’. He states that science-fiction is the one field where there should be that freedom. I believe he has slightly misunderstood it. Weird fiction is the place for absolute freedom. Science-fiction must have some, but not all or it would degenerate into weird fiction.
1934 Astounding Stories Sept. 106 An outstanding author of the weird story steps into science-fiction with a tale that is highly imaginative and disturbingly different. The Bright Illusion, by C. L. Moore, reveals a planet of indescribable beauty–and horror. You will remember it.
1985 S. Sucharitkul Alien Swordmaster i. i. 3 My metabolism must have gone weird or something , she thought.
1989 D. Koontz Midnight i. li. 191 This was even weirder because they didn't come in a hearse or an ambulance.
2006 T. Hull H.P. Lovecraft in Math Horizons Feb. 10/1 To this day, writers pay tribute, by writing stories ‘in the style’ of Lovecraft or extending Lovecraftian themes to modern contexts. This is all the more amazing when one learns that Lovecraft's fiction follows a rather nontraditional approach to horror, fitting more appropriately into the subgenre of weird fiction. Specifically, Lovecraft was primarily interested in creating an appropriate mood to inspire in the reader a sense of cosmic horror: that the hopes, dreams, and philosophies of humankind are inconsequential to the larger universe, and that as a result the chaotic forces of nature could wipe out human existence in the blink of an eye without anyone even noticing.