Definition of idiosyncratic in English:



  • Relating to idiosyncrasy; peculiar or individual:

    ‘she emerged as one of the great, idiosyncratic talents of the nineties’
    • ‘When a lot of diverse people pursue their idiosyncratic interests, unexpected things happen.’
    • ‘They're just so idiosyncratic and quirky - and yet, they're also still being made.’
    • ‘It remains to be seen whether Irish television can prove a sympathetic home for more idiosyncratic talents than that.’
    • ‘His operating model is thus entirely personal, and entirely idiosyncratic.’
    • ‘The aim of linguistic research is to discover the general rules, not to list the idiosyncratic and the irregular.’
    • ‘Nor does she swamp the material with idiosyncratic, personal embellishments.’
    • ‘And that, as much as its unlikely origins, sums up the idiosyncratic charms of a unique golfing venue.’
    • ‘The other type of risk is idiosyncratic risk, or risk that is unique to an individual in the market.’
    • ‘The differences are sometimes idiosyncratic, but they may also reflect deeper divisions of allegiance.’
    • ‘His fans long ago came to terms with the intensely coded, idiosyncratic and bizarre thing that is Dylan.’
    • ‘He dapples and sprays his canvas with sound, and the fact he is self-taught makes his music even more idiosyncratic and unique.’
    • ‘You get the sense that you were surrounded by idiosyncratic and iconoclastic people.’
    • ‘Penn does a marvelous job in fleshing out the little idiosyncratic elements of his character.’
    • ‘And the picture is made more confused by McLean's own idiosyncratic personality.’
    • ‘Always an idiosyncratic individualist, he seems to have introduced his own pronunciations for the names of players.’
    • ‘She is warm, funny, idiosyncratic and a dedicated people watcher.’
    • ‘One longs for less to distract you from his unique world-view and wonderfully idiosyncratic voice.’
    • ‘The author has a distinctive, idiosyncratic style that draws you in and keeps you reading.’
    • ‘However grand or private or idiosyncratic a state of affairs I have in mind, I can go on hoping for it in the only way that remains possible to me.’
    • ‘It is idiosyncratic to the individual carer, staff member, or nursing home.’
    distinctive, individual, characteristic, distinct, distinguishing, peculiar, individualistic, different, typical, special, specific, representative, unique, personal, private, essential
    eccentric, unconventional, uncommon, abnormal, irregular, aberrant, anomalous, odd, off-centre, quirky, queer, strange, weird, bizarre, outlandish, freakish, extraordinary
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Late 18th century: from idiosyncrasy, on the pattern of Greek sunkratikos mixed together.