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 Dictionary entry overview: What does peculiar mean? 

PECULIAR (adjective)
  The adjective PECULIAR has 4 senses:

1. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
2. unique or specific to a person or thing or category
3. markedly different from the usual
4. characteristic of one only; distinctive or special

  Familiarity information: PECULIAR used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

PECULIAR (adjective)

Sense 1peculiar [BACK TO TOP]


Beyond or deviating from the usual or expected


rummy; rum; queer; peculiar; curious; funny; singular; odd

Context examples:

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


strange; unusual (being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird)

Sense 2peculiar [BACK TO TOP]


Unique or specific to a person or thing or category


particular; special; peculiar

Context examples:

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


specific ((sometimes followed by 'to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique)

Sense 3peculiar [BACK TO TOP]


Markedly different from the usual

Context examples:

a peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats / a man...feels it a peculiar insult to be taunted with cowardice by a woman


unusual (not usual or common or ordinary)

Sense 4peculiar [BACK TO TOP]


Characteristic of one only; distinctive or special

Context example:

the peculiar character of the Government of the U.S.


characteristic (typical or distinctive)

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