odd·​ball ˈäd-ˌbȯl How to pronounce oddball (audio)
: one that is eccentric
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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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oddball was in 1948

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“Oddball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oddball. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


odd·​ball -ˌbȯl How to pronounce oddball (audio)
: a person who behaves strangely

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