- 1Different to what is normal or expected; strange: he gave her some very peculiar looks Stella thought the play peculiarMore example sentences
strange, unusual, odd, funny, curious, bizarre, weird, uncanny, queer, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, atypical, anomalous, untypical, different, out of the ordinary, out of the way; exceptional, rare, extraordinary, remarkable; puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, unaccountable, incongruous, uncommon, irregular, singular, deviant, aberrant, freak, freakish; suspicious, dubious, questionable; eerie, unnatural; Scottish unco; French outré• informal fishy, creepy, spookyBritish • informal rumNorth American • informal bizarrobizarre, eccentric, strange, odd, weird, queer, funny, unusual, abnormal, idiosyncratic, unconventional, outlandish, offbeat, freakish, quirky, quaint, droll, zany, off-centreAustralian/New Zealand • informal , • dated dilly
- 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: I felt a little peculiar for a whileMore example sentences
unwell, ill, poorly, bad, out of sorts, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out; British off, off colour• informal under the weather, below par, not up to par, funny, rough, lousy, rotten, awful, terrible, dreadful, crummy, seedyBritish • informal grotty, ropyAustralian/New Zealand • informal crook• vulgar slang crappy• rare peaked, peakish
- 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.
- 2Particular; 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.
- 2.1 (peculiar to) Belonging exclusively to: some languages are peculiar to one regionMore 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.
nounchiefly British Back to top
- A parish or church exempt from the jurisdiction of the diocese in which it lies, and subject to the direct jurisdiction of the monarch or an archbishop: deans and canons of royal peculiars, notably Westminster Abbey and WindsorMore 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'): from Latin peculiaris 'of private property', from peculium 'property', from pecu 'cattle' (cattle being private property). The sense 'strange' dates from the early 17th century.