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
Recent Examples on the Web Wendell Willkie is an oddball in the history of internationalism. Dexter Fergie, The New Republic, "Wendell Willkie’s World Without Borders," 22 Sep. 2020 The emergence of this oddball alliance is the latest twist in six weeks of negotiations that bear little resemblance to regular deal talks, driven by U.S.-China tensions, commercial rivalries and President Trump’s personal... Georgia Wells, WSJ, "How Dark Horse Oracle Became TikTok’s Leading Suitor," 15 Sep. 2020 Another oddball abode has been added to the popular, now virtual Portland Weird Homes Tour on Saturday, Sept. 26: A Portland house packed with puppets. oregonlive, "See inside more oddball abodes: Portland Weird Homes Tour comes to you with a live Zoom," 12 Sep. 2020 With oddball characters and outlandish obstacles popping up along the way, the road trip winds up as zany as can be. Washington Post, "How ‘Unpregnant,’ a movie about getting an abortion, puts a twist on the road trip comedy," 12 Sep. 2020 Bennett, the savvy urbanite, was the herald telling the city’s dark secrets; Greeley, the rustic intellectual oddball, was the tribune railing against them. James M. Lundberg, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Horace Greeley Turned Newspapers Legitimate and Saved the Media From Itself," 6 Mar. 2020 And those interactions could also explain the oddball nature of these orbits. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Three stars, warped rings may show how planets end up moving backward," 3 Sep. 2020 One that Zimmer and his peers won’t have with preseason games canceled in this oddball ramp-up to the 2020 season. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Vikings rookie cornerbacks will be thrown into fire without preseason games," 9 Aug. 2020 But even among this oddball insect family, K. gaga is unusual. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Insect With ‘Wacky Fashion Sense’ Named After Lady Gaga," 17 Mar. 2020

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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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6 Oct 2020

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“Oddball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oddball. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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