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peculiar

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of peculiar

  1. 1 being out of the ordinary a writer with a peculiar talent for capturing the feel of everyday conversation Synonyms of peculiar aberrant, aberrated, abnormal, anomalous, atypical, especial, exceeding, extraordinaire, extraordinary, freak, odd, exceptional, phenomenal, preternatural, rare, singular, uncommon, uncustomary, unique, unusual, unwontedWords Related to peculiar conspicuous, notable, noticeable, outstanding, prominent, remarkable, salient, striking; bizarre, deviant, eccentric, freakish, monstrous, oddball, outlandish, quaint, strange, weird; incomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, unimaginable, unthinkableNear Antonyms of peculiar everyday, familiar, frequentAntonyms of peculiar common, customary, normal, ordinary, typical, unexceptional, unextraordinary, usual

  2. 2 different from the ordinary in a way that causes curiosity or suspicion a peculiar and catlike way of walking Synonyms of peculiar bizarre, bizarro, cranky, crazy, curious, eccentric, erratic, far-out, funky, funny, kinky, kooky (also kookie), offbeat, off-kilter, off-the-wall, outlandish, out-of-the-way, outré, odd, quaint, queer, queerish, quirky, remarkable, rum [chiefly British], screwy, spaced-out, strange, wacky (also whacky), way-out, weird, weirdo, wildWords Related to peculiar aberrant, abnormal, addlepated, flaky; extraordinary, fantastic (also fantastical), freak, freakish, freaky, phantasmagoric (or phantasmagorical), phenomenal; atypical, rare, singular, uncommon, uncustomary, unique, unusual, unwonted; conspicuous, notable, noticeable, outstanding, prominent, salient, striking; atrocious, outrageous, shocking; crotchety, idiosyncratic, nonconformist, nonmainstream, out-there, unconventional, unorthodox; baffling, bewildering, confounding, mystifying, perplexing, puzzlingNear Antonyms of peculiar average, commonplace, everyday, garden, normal, ordinary, prosaic, routine, run-of-the-mill, standard, typical, unexceptional, unremarkable, usual, workaday; conformist, conservative, conventional; expected, familiar, knee-jerk, predictable; common, customary, frequent, habitual, regular, wonted

  3. 3 noticeably different from what is generally found or experienced a peculiar response to a polite query about his health Synonyms of peculiar curious, extraordinary, funny, odd, offbeat, out-of-the-way, unusual, queer, rare, singular, strange, unaccustomed, uncommon, uncustomary, unique, weirdWords Related to peculiar bizarre, eccentric, far-out, kooky (also kookie), oddball, outlandish, outré, way-out; aberrant, abnormal, atypical, exceptional, irregular; newsworthy, notable, noteworthy, noticeable, particular, remarkable, specialNear Antonyms of peculiar unexceptional; expected, predictable; familiar, normal, regular, typicalAntonyms of peculiar common, ordinary, plain, usual

  4. 4 of, relating to, or belonging to a single person his peculiar way of talking Synonyms of peculiar idiomatic, individualized, particular, patented, individual, personal, personalized, private, privy, separate, singular, subjective, uniqueWords Related to peculiar characteristic, distinctive, intimate; identifying, idiosyncratic; especial, express, special, specific; independent, nonconformist, self-directed, self-sufficient; custom, customized, specializedNear Antonyms of peculiar broad, prevailing, prevalent, widespread; common, normal, regular, typicalAntonyms of peculiar general, generic, popular, public, shared, universal

  5. 5 serving to identify as belonging to an individual or group the koala is peculiar to Australia Synonyms of peculiar classic, diagnostic (also diagnostical), discriminating, distinct, distinctive, distinguishing, identifying, individual, characteristic, proper, symptomatic, typicalWords Related to peculiar idiosyncratic; identifiable, pronounced, unmistakable; general, generic; common, normal, regular, usual; especial, particular, special, specific; archetypal (also archetypical), model, paradigmaticAntonyms of peculiar atypical, nontypical, uncharacteristic, untypical

  6. 6 of a particular or exact sort a psychopathic killer who took peculiar delight in torturing his victims Synonyms of peculiar concrete, distinct, especial, express, precise, set, special, specificWords Related to peculiar lone, only, separate, single, sole, solitary; distinctive, exclusive, individual, unique; limited, restricted; differentiated, specialized; given, specifiedNear Antonyms of peculiar general, generalized, generic, nonexclusive, universalAntonyms of peculiar nonspecific

Synonym Discussion of peculiar

characteristic, individual, peculiar, distinctive mean indicating a special quality or identity. characteristic applies to something that distinguishes or identifies a person or thing or class.
    • responded with her characteristic wit
individual stresses qualities that distinguish one from all other members of the same kind or class.
    • a highly individual writing style
peculiar applies to qualities possessed only by a particular individual or class or kind and stresses rarity or uniqueness.
    • an eccentricity that is peculiar to the British
distinctive indicates qualities distinguishing and uncommon and often superior or praiseworthy.
    • a distinctive aura of grace and elegance

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