Definitions of eccentric

  1. conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual; " restaurants of bizarre design-- one like a hat, another like a rabbit"; " famed for his eccentric spelling"; " a freakish combination of styles"; " the outlandish clothes of teenagers"; " outre and affected stage antics"
  2. a person of a specified kind ( usually with many eccentricities); " a real character"; " a strange character"; " a friendly eccentric"; " the capable type"; " a mental case"
  3. a person with an unusual or odd personality
  4. not having a common center; not concentric; " eccentric circles"
  5. Deviating or departing from the center, or from the line of a circle; as, an eccentric or elliptical orbit; pertaining to deviation from the center or from true circular motion.
  6. Pertaining to an eccentric; as, the eccentric rod in a steam engine.
  7. Not coincident as to motive or end.
  8. Deviating from stated methods, usual practice, or established forms or laws; deviating from an appointed sphere or way; departing from the usual course; irregular; anomalous; odd; as, eccentric conduct.
  9. A circle not having the same center as another contained in some measure within the first.
  10. One who, or that which, deviates from regularity; an anomalous or irregular person or thing.
  11. In the Ptolemaic system, the supposed circular orbit of a planet about the earth, but with the earth not in its center.
  12. A circle described about the center of an elliptical orbit, with half the major axis for radius.
  13. A disk or wheel so arranged upon a shaft that the center of the wheel and that of the shaft do not coincide. It is used for operating valves in steam engines, and for other purposes. The motion derived is precisely that of a crank having the same throw.
  14. Not having the same center; - said of circles, ellipses, spheres, etc., which, though coinciding, either in whole or in part, as to area or volume, have not the same center; - opposed to concentric.
  15. Not in the center; peculiar in manner or character; as, an eccentric person; erratic; irregular; not having the same center.
  16. A circle or sphere not having the same center as another circle.
  17. 1. Abnormal or peculiar in ideas, actions, or speech. 2. Proceeding from a center. 3. Peripheral.
  19. A circle not having the same centre as another: ( mech.) a wheel having its axis out of the centre.
  20. A whell whose axis is not in the centre; an odd person.
  21. Deviating from the centre; not having the same centre; odd; queer.
  22. Eccentricity.
  23. Peculiar; erratic.
  24. Not in the center; not having the same center; not circular.
  25. A disk mounted out of center on a driving shaft so as to have the effect of a crank motion.
  26. One who or that which is eccentric. eccentrical.
  27. Deviating or departing from the centre: said of circles or spheres which, though contained in some measure within each other, yet have not the same centre; not revolving round the centre; not terminating in the same point, nor directed by the same principle; deviating from established forms or rulers; odd; anomalous; whimsical. Eccentric gear, the links, connecting- rods, straps, and wheels by which an eccentric motion is carried on through the machinery.
  28. A circle not having the same centre as another; a wheel with its axis not in its centre; he who or that which is irregular or anomalous.
  29. Odd; singular; departing from the usual course; not having the same centre.

Quotes of eccentric

  1. I have always idolized eccentric people. – Brandon Boyd
  2. Women can break down barriers to opportunity, and men, many of them reluctantly, have learned to relate to women as their equals in thought and action. But except for an eccentric few, women do not want to become warriors. – Suzanne Fields
  3. Eccentric doesn't bother me. 'Eccentric' being a poetic interpretation of a mathematical term meaning something that doesn't follow the lines- that's okay. – Crispin Glover
  4. Because artists can be extremely eccentric and insane, and unfortunately, the people they hurt the most are the people that are closest to them. – Maynard James Keenan
  5. I am not a grammarian. Maybe my style is eccentric – Dorothy Kilgallen
  6. When I'm writing a novel, I'm dealing with a double life. I live in the present at the same time that I live in the past with my characters. It is this that makes a novelist so eccentric and unpleasant. – John Phillips Marquand
  7. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time. – John Stuart Mill
  8. I was born into the most remarkable and eccentric family I could possibly have hoped for. – Maureen O'Hara
  9. At first, I did stories on people who were maybe just eccentric Omar was a natural progression from that. – Jon Ronson
  10. There is all the difference in the world between departure from recognised rules by one who has learned to obey them, and neglect of them through want of training or want of skill or want of understanding. Before you can be eccentric you must know where the circle is. – Ellen Terry
  11. Eccentric behavior is not routinely noticed around a movie set. – Gene Tierney
  12. Sure, my childhood was unusual. All these eccentric wild people frequented our home: rock stars, drag queens, models, bikers, freaks. But I was not this little rich girl. My mom and I lived in an apartment. – Liv Tyler
  13. My grandmother lived with us for a short time while I was a child. Old people tend to be slightly more eccentric they can behave the way they want. – Julie Walters

Usage examples for eccentric

  1. " A singular and eccentric person you see he must be," said Will. – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  2. Eccentric Victor Trevette and his Indian wife were at the lodge, and the company were joined by the Rev. – The Log School-House on the Columbia by Hezekiah Butterworth
  3. She had served as maid in her youth to an eccentric old lady, with whom she had lived until she was married. – The Golden House by Mrs. Woods Baker
  4. Though his manner was eccentric his conduct was harmless, and it is probable that his parents, who, it was afterward ascertained, were respectable members of the Society of Friends in England, encouraged his desire to travel, and furnished him the means to do so. – The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts by George W. Holley
  5. He would have admitted frankly to any one, that she interested him more than any woman he had ever seen, puzzled him more, occupied his thoughts more; but that he could be in love with this rather eccentric middle- aged woman, beautiful though she was, Dr. Eben would have warmly denied. – Hetty's Strange History by Anonymous
  6. But he was eccentric – Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  7. To Mrs. H., of a person eccentric Why does not his guardian angel look to him? – Charles Lamb by Barry Cornwall
  8. He was a somewhat eccentric man, so I did not take offence, and had almost forgotten all about it when chance led me to the Marylebone Theatre one evening. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  9. It was as if each country on earth had been called upon to contribute as many as it could spare of unusual and striking, even astonishing, specimens of humanity, on purpose to provide eccentric or ornamental features of this strange, world's variety show. – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  10. Simoneau said: 'I thought you might be ashamed of a rough old eccentric fellow like me. – The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
  11. " Well, Tom," began the eccentric man, " we have good weather for the start. – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  12. An old man, an eccentric who talked aloud to himself. – Pan by Knut Hamsun
  13. Johnson was one of those rugged, eccentric self- developed characters, so common among the English. – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
  14. It is not improbable that influences from outside of her had often, during the forty years through which she had experienced them, made her life eccentric and many of her actions mysterious. – Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism by Allen Putnam
  15. Our little village had its share of eccentric characters, as the old man who was impelled by the edict of the Bible to cut off his right hand as it had " offended him." – Memories and Anecdotes by Kate Sanborn
  16. This time the Westerner, after almost bending himself double, gave his arm an eccentric movement and shot in another curve. – Frank Merriwell's Reward by Burt L. Standish
  17. The Baronne is considered quite eccentric because she keeps hers on sometimes. – The Visits of Elizabeth by Elinor Glyn
  18. Some eccentric beauties prefer the straight line to the curve, and describe a great streak of black all across the forehead; but they are few in number. – Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century by W. H. Davenport Adams
  19. Lear's division of his kingdom among his three daughters is not so eccentric a proceeding as the critics would make out. – Shakespeare in the Theatre by William Poel
  20. We can't have anything eccentric in our profession. – The Project Gutenberg Plays of John Galsworthy, Complete by John Galsworthy