Peculiar

[p_ɪ_k_j_ˈuː_l_ɪ__ə], [pɪkjˈuːlɪə], [pɪkjˈuːlɪə]

Definitions of peculiar:

  1.   markedly different from the usual; " a peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats"; " a man... feels it a peculiar insult to be taunted with cowardice by a woman"- Virginia Woolf
  2.   Belonging particularly to one.
  3.   Particular; individual; special; appropriate.
  4.   Exclusive property; a parish which is exempted from the jurisdiction of the bishop of the district where it lies.
  5.   Pert. to one, not to many; appropriate; unusual; strange.
  6.   beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; " a curious hybrid accent"; " her speech has a funny twang"; " they have some funny ideas about war"; " had an odd name"; " the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; " something definitely queer about this town"; " what a rum fellow"; " singular behavior"
  7.   Particular; singular; strange; odd.
  8.   Unusual; singular; rare; strange; as, the sky had a peculiarappearance.
  9.   One's own; special; strange.
  10.   characteristic of one only; distinctive or special; " the peculiar character of the Government of the U. S."- R. B. Taney
  11.   Exclusive property; a particular parish or church which has the probate of wills. The Court of Peculiars, a court exclusively belonging to the Archbishop of Cauterbury.
  12.   unique or specific to a person or thing or category; " the particular demands of the job"; " has a paraticular preference for Chinese art"; " a peculiar bond of sympathy between them"; " an expression peculiar to Canadians"; " rights peculiar to the rich"; " the special features of a computer"; " my own special chair"
  13.   PECULIARITY.
  14.   A particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary.
  15.   One's own; as, my peculiar property; not owned in common: as, an idiom is an expression peculiar to one language; individual; strange; queer.
  16.   One's own; belonging solely or especially to an individual; not possessed by others; of private, personal, or characteristic possession and use; not owned in common or in participation.
  17.   One's own: appropriate: particular: strange.
  18.   Peculiarly.
  19.   One's own; solely or specially belonging to; singular; special.
  20.   That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic.

Antonyms for peculiar:

cut-and-dried, generic, mundane, natural, standard, standard-issue, terrestrial, prevailing, commonplace, middling, customary, everyday, knee jerk, nonspecific, unremarkable, workaday, expected, midsize, plain, prosaic, normal, true, representative, garden-variety, Familiar, common, garden, conformist, prevalent, average, frequent, bird's eye, regular, unexceptional, medium, all-around, mean, nonexclusive, modest, majority, routine, predictable, general, median, vulgar, usual, intermediate, run-of-the-mill, typical, shared, nitty-gritty, popular, middle, broad, ordinary, characteristic, conventional, untypical, public, generalized, wonted, moderate, universal, overall, uncharacteristic, widespread, archetypal, habitual, received, conservative, atypical.


Quotes for peculiar:

  1. Haven't you felt a peculiar sort of worry about the chair in your living room that no one sits in? – Nicholson Baker
  2. It is a peculiar art form, but I think it's a necessary art form- and I do believe it's a noble art form. – Paul Conrad
  3. Don't name it, as they say, because instantly you offer it to this peculiar authority. – Robert Creeley
  4. Psychoanalysis. Almost went three times- almost. Then I decided what was peculiar about me was probably what made me successful. I've seen some very talented actors go into analysis and really lose it. – Bette Davis
  5. Detachment produces a peculiar state of mind. Maybe that's the worst sentence of all, to be deprived of feeling what a human being ought to be entitled to feel. – James Dickey
  6. My lyrics are generated by various peculiar processes. Very random and similar to automatic writing. – Brian Eno
  7. Value is consequently the necessary theoretical starting point whence we can elucidate the peculiar phenomenon of prices resulting from capitalist competition. – Rudolf Hiferding
  8. If someone wrote it and it had a peculiar twist, I've read it. – Dean Koontz
  9. Animals are something invented by plants to move seeds around. An extremely yang solution to a peculiar problem which they faced. – Terence McKenna
  10. My parents were worried about me, certainly when I became so deeply interested in music and people like the New York Dolls who, at the time, were very peculiar indeed. – Steven Morrissey
  11. The world is put back by the death of every one who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality. – Florence Nightingale
  12. C is peculiar in a lot of ways, but it, like many other successful things, has a certain unity of approach that stems from development in a small group. – Dennis Ritchie
  13. The number of flavors is infinite, for every soluble body has a peculiar flavor, like none other. – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
  14. The people of western Missouri are, in some respects, very peculiar We will take Jackson county where I was born for instance. In that section the people seemed to be born fighters, the instinct being inherited from a long line of ancestors. – Cole Younger

Usage examples for peculiar:

  1. In point of fact, however, there was nothing peculiar in their conduct. ” – Birds in the Bush by Bradford Torrey
  2. “ " That's right peculiar he observed. ” – The Settling of the Sage by Hal G. Evarts
  3. She was a peculiar old lady, you know. ” – The Seaboard Parish Volume 1 by George MacDonald
  4. He was looking back at her, and once more that peculiar expression in his honest blue eyes appeared. ” – The Time of Roses by L. T. Meade
  5. “ Is she not peculiar – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  6. And that is being peculiar – Ester Ried by Pansy (aka. Isabella M. Alden)
  7. There was nothing peculiar about it; nothing out of the way, except perhaps that it was rather narrow. ” – The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  8. That peculiar look often puzzled him, and at times he would go to a glass and see if there was anything wrong or unusual in his appearance. ” – Barriers Burned Away by E. P. Roe
  9. “ I suppose our return frightened him, says Branscombe, in a peculiar tone. ” – Faith and Unfaith by Duchess
  10. The writer treated him like a gentleman, said a few words about her own peculiar position, and begged him to consider that position, and to be very generous; to cease his visits entirely for the present, and so give himself one more title to her esteem, which was all she had to give him. ” – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  11. The world was a most peculiar place just as he was a most peculiar being within it. ” – An Apostate: Nawin of Thais by Steven Sills
  12. His appearance was certainly peculiar and excited our hero's curiosity. ” – The Young Musician or, Fighting His Way by Horatio Alger
  13. You know very well that in this respect I am a peculiar man. ” – Maximina by Armando Palacio Valdés
  14. His hands rested lightly between his knees, but one foot was drawn up at the side of his chair in a peculiar manner. ” – Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  15. She is peculiar in many ways, and she thinks herself bound in honor to Aunt Priscilla not to look at you. ” – Rossmoyne by Unknown
  16. The bark is peculiar the appetite is lost and the animal becomes weak and emaciated. ” – Common Diseases of Farm Animals by R. A. Craig, D. V. M.
  17. Well, it seems to me, from what I have heard, that a guardian has a great many very peculiar rights. ” – The Living Link by James De Mille
  18. Only at the end did she say: It's a peculiar cut . ” – The Bells of San Juan by Jackson Gregory
  19. Such a peculiar one. ” – The Place Beyond the Winds by Harriet T. Comstock
  20. How peculiar the cross- piece looks. ” – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman

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