Definitions of ordinary

  1. lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered; " average people"; " the ordinary ( or common) man in the street"
  2. not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree; " ordinary everyday objects"; " ordinary decency"; " an ordinary day"; " an ordinary wine"
  3. ( heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
  4. an early bicycle with a very large front wheel and small back wheel
  5. a judge of a probate court
  6. a clergyman appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death
  7. the expected or commonplace condition or situation; " not out of the ordinary"
  8. According to established order; methodical; settled; regular.
  9. Common; customary; usual.
  10. Of common rank, quality, or ability; not distinguished by superior excellence or beauty; hence, not distinguished in any way; commonplace; inferior; of little merit; as, men of ordinary judgment; an ordinary book.
  11. An officer who has original jurisdiction in his own right, and not by deputation.
  12. One who has immediate jurisdiction in matters ecclesiastical; an ecclesiastical judge; also, a deputy of the bishop, or a clergyman appointed to perform divine service for condemned criminals and assist in preparing them for death.
  13. A judicial officer, having generally the powers of a judge of probate or a surrogate.
  14. The mass; the common run.
  15. That which is so common, or continued, as to be considered a settled establishment or institution.
  16. Anything which is in ordinary or common use.
  17. A dining room or eating house where a meal is prepared for all comers, at a fixed price for the meal, in distinction from one where each dish is separately charged; a table d'hote; hence, also, the meal furnished at such a dining room.
  18. A charge or bearing of simple form, one of nine or ten which are in constant use. The bend, chevron, chief, cross, fesse, pale, and saltire are uniformly admitted as ordinaries. Some authorities include bar, bend sinister, pile, and others. See Subordinary.
  19. According to established custom or rule; usual; commonplace; plain.
  20. Ordinarily.
  21. According to the common order: usual: of common rank: plain: of little merit.
  22. An established judge of ecclesiastical causes: settled establishment: actual office: a bishop: a place where meals are provided at fixed charges.
  23. Ecclesiastical judge; prison chaplain; public table.
  24. Usual; common; inferior.
  25. Common; usual; normal; common place.
  26. That which is usual or common; a public table; an ecclesiastical judge.
  27. According to established order; common; customary; of common rank; inferior; plain; of little merit.
  28. An ecclesiastical judge; a meal; a place of eating; a portion of the escutcheon comprised between straight or other lines. An ordinary seaman, one not fully skilled.
  29. According to established order; customary; usual; of common rank or quality; plain; not handsome; common; of little merit.
  30. An ecclesiastical judge, usually the bishop; a single judge having power to decide cases either with or without a jury; settled establishment; the figures found on a heraldic shield; a dining- place where the prices are fixed; the meal furnished; a name applied to the chaplain of Newgate.

Antonyms for ordinary

fabulous, inadequate, isolated, blindsiding, favored, select, curious, dainty, grand, outstanding, noble, memorable, especial, infrequent, grandiose, crotchety, out-of-the-way, A1, Aberrational, imposing, massive, sensational, cherry-picked, wonderful, swell, strange, astonishing, sublime, eccentric, portentous, special, optimum, superhuman, bonzer, gentle, homeric, exquisite, singular, Picked, textbook, monumental, Queerish, prime, airy, extraordinaire, blue-blooded, unprecedented, cranky, classic, shocking, first class, notable, quintessential, supernormal, funny, capital, eerie, sterling, nonpareil, only, surprising, aberrant, specialized, paradigmatic, wacky, way out, magnificent, peculiar, signal, delicate, one, silk stocking, grotesque, outlandish, theatrical, handpicked, prodigious, scarce, numinous, rare, seldom, exception, devious, unacceptable, abnormal, screwy, distinguished, astounding, offbeat, oddment, creepy, stunning, refined, elect, stellar, top-notch, lacking, jarring, deviate, regal, unrivaled, wellborn, number one, tremendous, one shot, unconventional, crazy, subtle, weird, model, baronial, freakish, weirdo, jolting, wanting, peerless, deficient, freak, supreme, par excellence, droll, remarkable, choice, supernatural, Citable, uncustomary, kinky, exceptional, melodramatic, awesome, quirky, marvellous, frightful, funky, off-kilter, miraculous, unequaled, technical, wild, stagy, startling, unparalleled, inimitable, staggering, occult, erratic, glorious, onetime, preferred, transcendental, outrageous, Mentionable, optimal, stupefying, superb, unknown, superlative, preternatural, first-rate, unwonted, tip-top, oddball, unusual, striking, intermittent, sporadic, terrific, stupendous, howling, aberrated, nonconformist, unique, unsurpassable, uncanny, dramatic, deviant, splendid, unfamiliar, wonderworking, august, exemplary, fanciful, bizarre, noteworthy, insufficient, first-line, elegant, oddity, one-off, spookish, exceeding, favorite, irregular, matchless, gallant, unearthly, incomparable, transcendent, rarity, phenomenal, nameable, preeminent, selected, awful, observable, prominent, spooky, untypical, Magnific, outre, anomalous, operatic, uncommon, quaint, epic, bizarro, superior, unaccustomed, comical, off-the-wall, amazing, visionary, extraordinary, top, salient, atypical, stately, anomaly, unexampled, pyrotechnic, unsurpassed, jaw-dropping, imperial, unmatched, kooky, fantastic, unsatisfactory, novel, wondrous, upper class, olympian, conspicuous, haunting, magic, definitive, unnatural, flabbergasting, abnormality, fine, aberration, proud, marvelous, maximum, dumbfounding, unorthodox, whimsical, surpassing, kafkaesque, excellent, magical, chosen, far-out, majestic, patrician, imaginative, some, occasional, idiosyncratic, terrible, nifty, eye-opening, mystic, spaced-out, odd, laughable, great, genteel, nuanced, recherche, archetypal, rattling, aristocratic.

Quotes of ordinary

  1. The wish to hurt, the momentary intoxication with pain, is the loophole through which the pervert climbs into the minds of ordinary men. – Jacob Bronowski
  2. Readers probably haven't heard much about it yet, but they will. Quantum technology turns ordinary reality upside down. – Michael Crichton
  3. This Constitution does not reflect the thoughts, hopes and aspirations of ordinary people. It does nothing for jobs or economic growth and widens further still the democratic deficit. – Nigel Farage
  4. I am just an ordinary Catholic. – Maggie Gallagher
  5. Genius is nothing more than common faculties refined to a greater intensity. There are no astonishing ways of doing astonishing things. All astonishing things are done by ordinary materials. – Benjamin Haydon
  6. But the moment you use an ordinary camera, you are not seeing the picture, remember, meaning, you had to remember what you've taken. Now you could see it of course, with a digital thing, but remember in 1982 you couldn't. – David Hockney
  7. They say the death of a parent puts you in time because that means there's now no generation standing between you and ordinary death: you're next. I don't buy it. – Bruce Jackson
  8. Because it equates tradition with prejudice, the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse with ordinary people in their common language. – Christopher Lasch
  9. No one is ever ordinary – Tanith Lee
  10. There are certainly times when my own everyday life seems to retreat so the life of the story can take me over. That is why a writer often needs space and time, so that he or she can abandon ordinary life and "live" with the characters. – Margaret Mahy
  11. If I ever do anything, it actually might be some fantasy elf thing or even some cute, funny thing. Just to do something a little bit out of the ordinary I've done my superhero gig. – Todd McFarlane
  12. Lynch is an ordinary smalltown guy and he just sees strange things in people. – Jack Nance
  13. In the past, it was only in science fiction novels that you could read about ordinary people being able to go to space... But you laid the foundation for space tourism. – Nursultan Nazarbayev
  14. We didn't have a drill so he would burn the holes through the wood with a metal rod that he heated up in a fire. Can you imagine an ordinary crew doing that? – Marc Singer
  15. It's not difficult in South Africa for the ordinary person to see the link between capitalism and racist exploitation, and when one sees the link one immediately thinks in terms of a socialist alternative. – Joe Slovo

Usage examples for ordinary

  1. Was life no longer ordinary – The Twilight of the Souls by Louis Couperus
  2. No one would call the ordinary Dartmoor postman an angel- his appearance is too much against him- but he does an angel's work. – Furze the Cruel by John Trevena
  3. He won't take on that girl, because she'll have forgotten him long ago; that, too, being ordinary human nature. – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  4. To an ordinary man the word means no more than justice. – A Lecture on the Study of History by Lord Acton
  5. It is only ordinary things which never happen in this place, Mademoiselle." – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  6. The ordinary common- or- garden guide is out of the question, of course. – The Bronze Bell by Louis Joseph Vance
  7. The concern is by no means an ordinary brass foundry. – The History of Louisville, from the Earliest Settlement till the Year 1852 by Ben Casseday
  8. " Not to me; when he called at the Lodge and I introduced them, they bowed as if they were just ordinary strangers. – Christian's Mistake by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  9. It's an ordinary if that's what you mean. – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  10. No; they were like any ordinary girls who don't think. – A Flock of Girls and Boys by Nora Perry
  11. Surely it is an ordinary common- place bird. – Ways of Nature by John Burroughs
  12. Fairly good- looking, a pleasant face enough, but ordinary absolutely ordinary – The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy
  13. It was an ordinary thirty- eight. – The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  14. It was a relief to hear him speak in such an ordinary way. – The Brass Bound Box by Evelyn Raymond
  15. With the intention of paying for them in the ordinary way? – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  16. You want it to be just an ordinary evening, dear, don't you? – Jeremy by Hugh Walpole
  17. This clearly is true in ordinary living. – Christianity and Progress by Harry Emerson Fosdick
  18. No trace of her in the ordinary life of an English country house! – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. A very ordinary image.... – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  20. Am I making too much of an ordinary little country girl, Biddy? – Penny Plain by Anna Buchan (writing as O. Douglas)

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