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English adjective: peculiar

1. peculiar beyond or deviating from the usual or expected

SamplesA 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.

Synonymscurious, funny, odd, queer, rum, rummy, singular

Similarstrange, unusual


2. peculiar unique or specific to a person or thing or category

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsparticular, special


Antonymsgeneral, nonspecific

3. peculiar markedly different from the usual

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



4. peculiar characteristic of one only; distinctive or special

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



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