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peculiar - Dictionary definition and meaning for word peculiar

(adj) beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
Synonyms : curious , funny , odd , queer , rum , rummy , singular
Example Sentence
  • a curious hybrid accent
  • her speech has a funny twang
  • they have some funny ideas about war
  • had an odd name
  • the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves
  • something definitely queer about this town
  • what a rum fellow
  • singular behavior

(adj) unique or specific to a person or thing or category
Synonyms : particular , special
Example Sentence
  • the particular demands of the job
  • has a particular preference for Chinese art
  • a peculiar bond of sympathy between them
  • an expression peculiar to Canadians
  • rights peculiar to the rich
  • the special features of a computer
  • my own special chair

(adj) markedly different from the usual
Example Sentence
  • a peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats
  • a man...feels it a peculiar insult to be taunted with cowardice by a woman

(adj) characteristic of one only; distinctive or special
Example Sentence
  • the peculiar character of the Government of the U.S.

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