uncommon

adjective un·com·mon \ ˌən-ˈkä-mən \

Definition of uncommon

1 :not ordinarily encountered :unusual
  • an uncommon plant
2 :remarkable, exceptional
  • a soldier of uncommon courage

uncommonly

adverb

uncommonness

play \ˌən-ˈkä-mən-nəs\ noun

Examples of uncommon in a Sentence

  1. It is not uncommon for people to become depressed after they retire.

  2. an athlete with uncommon ability

  3. a soldier of uncommon courage

  4. She is an uncommon woman.

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First Known Use of uncommon

circa 1576

Synonym Discussion of uncommon

infrequent, uncommon, scarce, rare, sporadic mean not common or abundant. infrequent implies occurrence at wide intervals in space or time.
    • infrequent family visits
uncommon suggests a frequency below normal expectation.
    • smallpox is now uncommon in many countries
scarce implies falling short of a standard or required abundance.
    • jobs were scarce during the Depression
rare suggests extreme scarcity or infrequency and often implies consequent high value.
    • rare first editions
sporadic implies occurrence in scattered instances or isolated outbursts.
    • sporadic cases of influenza

UNCOMMON Defined for English Language Learners

uncommon

adjective

Definition of uncommon for English Language Learners

  • : not often found, seen, or experienced

  • : not ordinary : remarkable or exceptional


UNCOMMON Defined for Kids

uncommon

adjective un·com·mon \ ˌən-ˈkä-mən \

Definition of uncommon for Students

1 :not often found or seen :unusual
  • an uncommon bird
2 :not ordinary :remarkable
  • uncommon ability
  • uncommon courage

uncommonly

adverb
  • It was an uncommonly cold summer.


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