HyperDic: peculiar

English > 4 senses of the word peculiar:
ADJECTIVEallpeculiar, curious, funny, odd, queer, rum, rummy, singularbeyond or deviating from the usual or expected
allpeculiar, particular, specialunique or specific to a person or thing or category / category
allpeculiarmarkedly different from the usual
allpeculiarcharacteristic of one only
peculiar > pronunciation
Soundspahkyuw'lyer; pihkyuw'lyer
Rhymesbehavior ... Xavier: 32 rhymes with yer...
English > peculiar: 4 senses > adjective 1
MeaningBeyond or deviating from the usual or expected.
Example "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"
Synonymscurious, funny, odd, queer, rum, rummy, singular
Broaderstrange, unusualdefinitely out of the ordinary and unexpected
Spanishcurioso, extraño, inusual, original, peculiar, raro, singular
Catalancuriós, estrany, original, peculiar, rar, singular
Nounspeculiaritysomething unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
Adverbspeculiarlyin a manner differing from the usual or expected
English > peculiar: 4 senses > adjective 2
MeaningUnique or specific to a person or thing or category / category.
Examples
  • "a peculiar bond of sympathy between them"
  • "an expression peculiar to Canadians"
  • "rights peculiar to the rich"
Synonymsparticular, special
Broaderspecific(sometimes followed by 'to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique
Spanishespecial, particular, peculiar, propio
Catalanespecial, particular, peculiar, propi
Adverbspeculiarlyuniquely or characteristically
English > peculiar: 4 senses > adjective 3
Meaningmarkedly different from the usual.
Examples
  • "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
Broaderunusualnot usual or common or ordinary
Adverbspeculiarlyto a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common
English > peculiar: 4 senses > adjective 4
Meaningcharacteristic of one only; distinctive or special.
Example"the peculiar character of the Government of the U.S."- R.B.Taney
Broadercharacteristictypical or distinctive / distinctive
Nounspeculiaritya distinguishing trait

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