odd·​ball | \ˈäd-ˌbȯl \

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 list of famous middle children includes figures as diverse as Warren Buffett and Jennifer Lopez, but for the most part, middles are reliably cast in the culture as oddballs, outcasts, and misfits. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 2018 But the series is smart and charming oddball fun, morally improving in a sideways way, and it is supposed to be very hot this weekend. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Review: If you're worried about missing 'Adventure Time,' 'Summer Camp Island' will help," 7 July 2018 The Signature Theater’s production of Stephen Adley Guirgis’s play about a group of oddballs who gather to mourn a beloved nun prepares to rest in peace. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "14 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 14 June 2018 The oddball could be the result of either a genetic mutation or its reliance on a low-pigment food source. Robinson Russell, National Geographic, "Why This Rare Lobster Is Colored Like Blue Cotton Candy," 19 June 2018 But Dennis Rodman’s flaunting of team rules, including chronic tardiness for practices, and other oddball, dysfunctional behavior proved too much for his teammates and management, especially club chairman Robert McDermott. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Leonard soap opera not unheard of; Spurs’ 45 seasons include plenty of drama," 15 June 2018 With his bands Sic Alps and the Peacers, Bay Area oddball Mike Donovan has treated his sprawling, postpsychedelic sensibilities with a modicum of rock-music orthodoxy as his collaborators lend shape and sinew to his delirious, wobbly tunes. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Mike Donovan sheds the loose structures of the Peacers to get totally wiggy," 11 May 2018 This isn’t a point-and-laugh-at-the-oddballs exercise. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'The Antelope Party': We live in a world where 'bronies' can be radicalized," 31 Jan. 2018 Like many characters on those shows, the Roys are narcissists, oddballs, control freaks and all-around jerks. Judy Berman, Time, "Succession Is a Bleak But Satisfying Portrait of Modern Wealth," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of oddball

1948, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of oddball

: a person who behaves in strange or unusual ways


odd·​ball | \ˈäd-ˌbȯl \

Kids Definition of oddball

: a person who behaves strangely

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