Definitions of peculiar

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. characteristic of one only; distinctive or special; " the peculiar character of the Government of the U. S."- R. B. Taney
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Particular; individual; special; appropriate.
  7. Unusual; singular; rare; strange; as, the sky had a peculiarappearance.
  8. That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic.
  9. A particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary.
  10. One's own; as, my peculiar property; not owned in common: as, an idiom is an expression peculiar to one language; individual; strange; queer.
  11. Peculiarly.
  12. One's own: appropriate: particular: strange.
  14. One's own; special; strange.
  15. Particular; singular; strange; odd.
  16. Belonging particularly to one.
  17. One's own; solely or specially belonging to; singular; special.
  18. 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.
  19. Pert. to one, not to many; appropriate; unusual; strange.
  20. Exclusive property; a parish which is exempted from the jurisdiction of the bishop of the district where it lies.

Usage examples for peculiar

  1. 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.
  2. She was a peculiar old lady, you know. – The Seaboard Parish Volume 1 by George MacDonald
  3. She is peculiar in many ways, and she thinks herself bound in honor to Aunt Priscilla not to look at you. – Rossmoyne by Unknown
  4. I suppose our return frightened him, says Branscombe, in a peculiar tone. – Faith and Unfaith by Duchess
  5. 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
  6. You know very well that in this respect I am a peculiar man. – Maximina by Armando Palacio Valdés
  7. How peculiar the cross- piece looks. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  8. And that is being peculiar – Ester Ried by Pansy (aka. Isabella M. Alden)
  9. 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
  10. " That's right peculiar he observed. – The Settling of the Sage by Hal G. Evarts
  11. 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
  12. Is she not peculiar – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  13. In point of fact, however, there was nothing peculiar in their conduct. – Birds in the Bush by Bradford Torrey
  14. His appearance was certainly peculiar and excited our hero's curiosity. – The Young Musician or, Fighting His Way by Horatio Alger
  15. 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
  16. Such a peculiar one. – The Place Beyond the Winds by Harriet T. Comstock
  17. 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
  18. Only at the end did she say: It's a peculiar cut . – The Bells of San Juan by Jackson Gregory
  19. 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
  20. 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