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UNUSUAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unusual mean? 

UNUSUAL (adjective)
  The adjective UNUSUAL has 3 senses:

1. not usual or common or ordinary
2. being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird
3. not commonly encountered

  Familiarity information: UNUSUAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNUSUAL (adjective)


Sense 1unusual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not usual or common or ordinary

Context examples:

a scene of unusual beauty / a man of unusual ability / cruel and unusual punishment / an unusual meteorite

Similar:

unique (highly unusual or rare but not the single instance)

unaccustomed (not customary or usual)

peculiar (markedly different from the usual)

out-of-the-way (out of the ordinary)

odd (not easily explained)

extraordinary ((of an official) serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials)

different (differing from all others; not ordinary)

Also:

uncommon (not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind)

Attribute:

usualness (commonness by virtue of not being unusual)

Antonym:

usual (occurring or encountered or experienced or observed frequently or in accordance with regular practice or procedure)


Sense 2unusual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird

Synonyms:

strange; unusual

Context examples:

a strange exaltation that was indefinable / a strange fantastical mind / what a strange sense of humor she has

Similar:

quaint (very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance)

quaint (strange in an interesting or pleasing way)

other (very unusual; different in character or quality from the normal or expected)

oddish (somewhat strange)

gothic (characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque)

freaky (strange and somewhat frightening)

exotic (strikingly strange or unusual)

eerie; eery (inspiring a feeling of fear; strange and frightening)

curious; funny; odd; peculiar; queer; rum; rummy; singular (beyond or deviating from the usual or expected)

crazy (bizarre or fantastic)

antic; fantastic; fantastical; grotesque (ludicrously odd)

weird (strikingly odd or unusual)


Sense 3unusual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not commonly encountered

Context example:

two-career families are no longer unusual

Similar:

uncommon (not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind)


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