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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [od-bawl]
    • /ˈɒdˌbɔl/
    • /ˈɒd.bɔːl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [od-bawl]
    • /ˈɒdˌbɔl/

Definitions of oddball word

  • noun oddball a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming, especially one having beliefs that are unusual but harmless. 1
  • adjective oddball whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical: an oddball scheme. 1
  • noun oddball A strange or eccentric person. 1
  • noun oddball sb eccentric 1
  • adjective oddball strange, eccentric 1
  • countable noun oddball If you refer to someone as an oddball, you think they behave in a strange way. 0

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Origin of oddball

First appearance:

before 1940
One of the 7% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1940-45; odd + ball1

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Parts of speech for Oddball


oddball popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

oddball usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for oddball

adjective oddball

  • eccentric — deviating from the recognized or customary character, practice, etc.; irregular; erratic; peculiar; odd: eccentric conduct; an eccentric person.
  • crackpot — If you describe someone or their ideas as crackpot, you disapprove of them because you think that their ideas are strange and crazy.
  • misfit — something that fits badly, as a garment that is too large or too small.
  • weird — involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny: a weird sound; weird lights.
  • batty — If you say that someone is batty, you mean that they are rather eccentric or slightly crazy.

noun oddball

  • dingbat — Slang. an eccentric, silly, or empty-headed person.
  • dissentient — dissenting, especially from the opinion of the majority.
  • rara avis — a rare person or thing; rarity.
  • bedlamite — a lunatic; insane person
  • original — belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something, or to a thing at its beginning: The book still has its original binding.

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