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 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 Meanwhile, the Dragonfly team has been advancing the case that these new dim galaxies really are oddballs that challenge current theory. Quanta Magazine, "Strange Dark Galaxy Puzzles Astrophysicists," 27 Sep. 2016 Customers are not typically loyal to any particular brand, so fast-food companies resort to oddball, sometimes outlandish marketing tactics or crazy food creations to draw in customers. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Burger King will sell upside-down Whoppers to celebrate 'Stranger Things'," 13 June 2019 Having them star in an oddball, ever-mutating series has made a weird sort of sense. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men franchise is still Marvel’s weird, mutant cinematic stepchild," 5 June 2019 Like the oddball Cannon Lake processor that's built on 10nm and shipping in limited quantities, Sunny Cove includes support for AVX-512 instructions. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel unveils a new architecture for 2019: Sunny Cove," 12 Dec. 2018 Among the 10 moons recently confirmed, the team is calling one an 'oddball' because of its unusual orbit: backwards from the dozens of others. Emiliano Rodriguez Mega, The Seattle Times, "Jupiter’s moon count reaches 79, including tiny ‘oddball’," 17 July 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

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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