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

Definition of oddball

: one that is eccentric

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Other Words from oddball

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
Recent Examples on the Web Magical creatures and an oddball order of guardians who have lost their way. Erik Kain, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The easygoing star, 44, reminisced about the early days of his career -- including an oddball show in Birmingham -- during a recent interview with Rob Stone and Holly Hutton, hosts of the Rob + Holly Show on Audacy Radio Stations. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 28 May 2021 Nevertheless, there remains an oddball, edge-of-the-world charm. Jordan Kisner, Travel + Leisure, 26 May 2021 These were more oddball lots for which Diageo needed to find a suitable home. Tony Sachs, Robb Report, 24 May 2021 Thanks to the pandemic, it's been another oddball tax season. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2021 There seems to be no shortage of oddball attractions for officials to highlight, especially in the far-flung towns outside Omaha and Lincoln where relatively few visitors go. Jim Carlton, WSJ, 7 May 2021 The oddball sport involves moving up and down steep-sided slot canyons using a variety of methods, including climbing, crawling and rappelling. Edmund Vallance, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 There’s no wit, no surprises, no oddball supporting characters played by slumming name stars. BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2021

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Oddball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oddball. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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