odd·​ball | \ ˈäd-ˌbȯl How to pronounce oddball (audio) \

Definition of oddball

: one that is eccentric

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oddball adjective

Examples of oddball in a Sentence

He used to be a real oddball back in high school. she's known as the office oddball

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The oddball design doesn’t net you any extra ports compared to the HyperDrive. Chris Welch, The Verge, "iPad Pro USB-C hubs: the best, worst, and weirdest options," 2 Aug. 2019 How Komodo dragons survive deadly bites from other Komodos Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) have always been oddballs in the reptile world. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: The untold story of 2018’s CRISPR babies, China’s gene-edited crops, and new exoplanets," 2 Aug. 2019 But the feathery oddball is so quick that nobody's been able to catch it. Scottie Andrew And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "There's an emu on the loose in North Carolina, and nobody's been quick enough to catch it," 1 Aug. 2019 Now, he’s reduced to playing TV cowboy villains while younger bucks play the heroes, chauffeured to and from set by his faithful hype man and sometimes stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt, who shines in his full charismatic oddball glory). Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Review: Quentin Tarantino gets personal in bittersweet ‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’," 24 July 2019 Maron plays Mel, a small-town pawn shop owner who is drawn into an oddball conspiracy when two women (Jillian Bell and Michaela Watkins) come in with a Civil War-era sword with a very unusual provenance. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Comedy, charm and conspiracy in ‘Sword of Trust’," 19 July 2019 The Lakers probably also aren’t too crushed to end all affiliation with his blowhard father, LaVar, who now becomes just another French Quarter oddball. Bill Plaschke, latimes.com, "Anthony Davis trade gives Lakers championship hopes," 15 June 2019 Úrsula’s sister, Tati (Ana Fabrega), is an oddball who doesn’t seem to have any horror-show skills, but is game for whatever stunts the rest of the team wants to pull. oregonlive.com, "HBO’s ‘Los Espookys,’ co-created by Fred Armisen, is a refreshingly different, funny comedy," 13 June 2019 There are stars that are oddballs, the ones that interest the astrophysics types. Eugene Parker, National Geographic, "Dear Parker Solar Probe: How 'touching the sun' caps off a lifetime in science," 5 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of oddball

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oddball was in 1948

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English Language Learners Definition of oddball

informal : a person who behaves in strange or unusual ways


odd·​ball | \ ˈäd-ˌbȯl How to pronounce oddball (audio) \

Kids Definition of oddball

: a person who behaves strangely

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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