un·​char·​ac·​ter·​is·​tic ˌən-ˌker-ik-tə-ˈri-stik How to pronounce uncharacteristic (audio)
: not characteristic : not typical or distinctive
uncharacteristic outbursts of temper
uncharacteristically adverb

Example Sentences

It was an uncharacteristic outburst of temper. Her uncharacteristic silence bothered me.
Recent Examples on the Web Giving up 41 points was uncharacteristic of this Georgia defense. Chris Ilenstine, Chicago Tribune, 9 Jan. 2023 Game 3 was uncharacteristic of Paul and the Suns, and a win Sunday would set up a potential close-out Game 5 Tuesday in Phoenix. Dallas News, 7 May 2022 Others were uncharacteristic errors, either physical, tactical or both. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2022 Ryan was sacked three times and hit 10 times, throwing a pair of uncharacteristic interceptions, one that was returned by a career journeyman safety, Andrew Adams, for a pick-6. Derrik Klassen, New York Times, 23 Oct. 2022 By the end of the day, Simone had made several uncharacteristic errors. Beth Dreher, Good Housekeeping, 6 Sep. 2022 Louisville's start to the women's basketball season has been uncharacteristic, and it's now trickled into its personnel. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 5 Dec. 2022 His first quarter against the Pistons was uncharacteristic, to say the least. Detroit Free Press, 30 Nov. 2022 Or might outgoing general manager Kevin Colbert pull an uncharacteristic move and part with future assets to leap up the board? Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uncharacteristic was in 1748

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“Uncharacteristic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncharacteristic. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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