Definition of peculiarly in English:


Line breaks: pe¦cu|li¦ar¦ly
Pronunciation: /pɪˈkjuːlɪəli


  • 1 [as submodifier] More than usually; especially: some patients were peculiarly difficult to cure
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    • But for all the speeches, the acres of coverage and hours of TV footage, marking the anniversary proved a peculiarly difficult task.
    • Judging the actual records of these ministers is a peculiarly difficult task, since it involves working with the figures they themselves provided, figures which may have been accidentally or deliberately misleading.
    • He writes openly and very simply about his struggles with faith, explaining, for example, how he has always found prayer and Bible reading peculiarly difficult.
  • 2In an unusual way; oddly: the town is peculiarly built
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    • It was probably the unusual and peculiarly charming gait thus presented that attracted the sculptor's notice and that still, after so many centuries, riveted the eyes of its archaeological admirer.
    • Recently, I was watching a cable channel that programs fashion shows almost continuously and noticed that the long-legged models prancing in high heels seem to walk peculiarly.
    • However, they have to reverse out of a small, narrow and peculiarly shaped space and it's not going to be easy.
  • 3Used to emphasize restriction to an individual or group: [as submodifier]: the peculiarly British hobby of brass rubbing
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    • University education is a benefit that accrues peculiarly to the individual.
    • They are the ones who haven't shaved, who slouch in a peculiarly English manner, who are not dealing with the heatwave by wearing khaki shorts.
    • In person he is hugely entertaining, with that peculiarly American combination of self-confidence and impeccable manners.

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