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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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 This oddball—nicknamed Valetudo for the Roman goddess of health and hygiene, one of Jupiter's great-granddaughters—is possibly Jupiter's smallest moon, less than a kilometer in diameter. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "12 New Moons of Jupiter Discovered," 17 July 2018 In stark contrast to his oddball onscreen persona, Gunn is suave and handsome, and carries himself with quiet confidence. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "This is What the Cast of "Gilmore Girls" is Like in Real Life," 24 Oct. 2016 Is the oddball who moved in next door (Rupert Friend as the fictional Ernest Donovan), in the dead of night, a threat? Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "‘Strange Angel’: It's rocket science with occult twist," 12 June 2018 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

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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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