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.

Quotes of 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. 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