- 1Strange or odd; unusual: his accent was a peculiar mixture of Cockney and IrishMore example sentences
strange, unusual, odd, funny, curious, bizarre, weird, queer, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, atypical, anomalous, out of the ordinary; exceptional, extraordinary, remarkable; puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling; suspicious, eerie, uncanny, unnaturalbizarre, eccentric, strange, odd, weird, queer, funny, unusual, abnormal, idiosyncratic, unconventional, outlandish, quirky
- He seemed weird but the strangest thing about this peculiar man was his clothing.
- Plants of different kinds grow in peculiar spots, including wheelbarrows, also adding to the special botanic atmosphere.
- But if you can keep a certain degree of objectivity then you can see how peculiar and strange it is.
- 1.1 [predic.] • informal Slightly and indefinably unwell; faint or dizzy: I felt a little peculiar for a while, but I’m absolutely fine nowMore example sentences
- Feeling a little peculiar from the encounter, Carly shuddered and led the way back inside, Chelsea and Ivy bringing up the rear.
- I pulled myself up a bit and found that my head also felt peculiar.
- 2 [predic.] (peculiar to) Belonging exclusively to: the air hung with an antiseptic aroma peculiar to hospitalsMore example sentences
- That is not peculiar to New Zealand; it is true in almost every developed country in the world that I am aware of.
- This is true, but these values are not peculiar to Britain, and it is hard to see why we have to become patriots in order to invoke them.
- No doubt there are problems arising from the role of the drug companies in medical research, but these are not peculiar to vaccines.
- 2.1 • formal Particular; special: any attempt to explicate the theme is bound to run into peculiar difficultiesMore example sentences
- This indicates one aspect of the peculiar difficulty of police research.
- All of them are unique and have their peculiar features.
- They are dependent upon the peculiar circumstances of the particular case, what should or should not have been the outcome of a discretionary judgment.
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- A parish or church exempt from the jurisdiction of the diocese in which it lies, through being subject to the jurisdiction of the monarch or an archbishop.More example sentences
- Yet others, founded by kings or bishops as their own, were later known as ‘peculiars’, withdrawn from ordinary diocesan jurisdiction.
- The abbey is a so-called royal peculiar, one of a handful of churches under the Queen's direct control.
late Middle English (in the sense 'particular, special'): from Latin peculiaris 'of private property', from peculium 'property', from pecu 'cattle' (cattle being private property). The sense 'odd' dates from the early 17th century.