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Meaning & Definition of Peculiar in English

English

Peculiar

/pəkjuljər/

adjective

1. Beyond or deviating from the usual or expected

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • curious
  • ,
  • funny
  • ,
  • odd
  • ,
  • peculiar
  • ,
  • queer
  • ,
  • rum
  • ,
  • rummy
  • ,
  • singular

2. Unique or specific to a person or thing or category

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • particular(a)
  • ,
  • peculiar(a)
  • ,
  • special(a)

3. Markedly different from the usual

  • "A peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats"
  • "A man...feels it a peculiar insult to be taunted with cowardice by a woman"-virginia woolf
    synonym:
  • peculiar

4. Characteristic of one only

  • Distinctive or special
  • "The peculiar character of the government of the u.s."- r.b.taney
    synonym:
  • peculiar(a)

Examples of using

Constructed languages either are simplified as much as possible, or their grammar lacks for harmony peculiar to natural languages. Both disadvantages emasculate the language.
Tom is a very peculiar person.
He is very peculiar in his behavior.