Definition of oddball in English:



  • A strange or eccentric person.

    ‘she was seen as a bit of an oddball’
    • ‘They've stocked the audience with a few token oddballs.’
    • ‘Artists, an architect, a photographer, oddballs and the unemployed - they're all here, and Nabatian captures them in their full glory.’
    • ‘Far more difficult is to curate a well-put together collection of modern folk-based oddballs, and Banhart's done a splendid job here.’
    • ‘Only half-jokingly, De Vos adds: ‘In Canada, the footballers are just the oddballs who make the wrong decision.’’
    • ‘After several unsuccessful attempts he is kicked out of his therapy group for impeding the progress of his fellow oddballs.’
    • ‘How exciting to have so many oddballs in one place!’
    • ‘There are people who come because this is a group of oddballs and weirdos.’
    • ‘He also had a sense of humour that veered into the absurd, which explains why he enjoyed interacting with the oddballs.’
    • ‘My home state has plenty of affable oddballs, that's for sure.’
    • ‘After my continued exposure to oddballs and, shall we say, the socially-challenged, I can quite see the appeal of internet dating sites.’
    • ‘Burton also confessed he and Helena laugh off claims they are eccentric oddballs.’
    • ‘The same collection of freaks and oddballs is, this time, armed only with old tricks and stale lines.’
    • ‘Glover regularly stands apart from his fellow oddballs, even when surrounded by weirdos.’
    • ‘While making a case for Fischer as an artist, the film caters to viewers whose interest is simply in pop culture's oddballs, artistic or not.’
    • ‘The Greens are not the well-meaning oddballs we thought they were.’
    • ‘The boarders, however, are much more than eccentrics or oddballs.’
    • ‘Third, there are the truly restless - the oddballs and eccentrics who always seem to want to look at things from a different angle.’
    • ‘And sometimes, these oddballs just happen to be good policemen.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, most people who are successful in Hollywood or any other business are not oddballs at all.’
    • ‘First, there are spontaneous mutants, oddballs that arise by chance.’
    eccentric, oddity, odd fellow, unorthodox person, individualist, nonconformist, free spirit, bohemian, maverick, deviant, pervert, misfit, hippy, dropout
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  • Strange; bizarre.

    ‘oddball training methods’
    • ‘OK, so the cars do handle in a slightly oddball method; but that's only compared to other racers.’
    • ‘But at least it's entertaining crazy oddball behaviour.’
    • ‘It's a hefty task, seeing as each of her children is manoeuvring their way through a litany of oddball obsessions and neuroses.’
    • ‘This is why the Web - this disruptive technology, this oddball world - feels so familiar and so welcome.’
    • ‘I tend to play a lot of oddball records with effects over them, not 4/4 stuff that has to be seamless and keep the party going.’
    • ‘Weebls Stuff is a feast of oddball entertainment.’
    • ‘His songs had gone from sublime to bizarre, compounded by his friendship with oddball lyricist Van Dyke Parks.’
    • ‘I compiled a bunch of recent flamenco things, really oddball flamenco things.’
    • ‘There are no fistfights or wisecracks or oddball events or wacky characters.’
    • ‘It's the type of oddball coincidence that's difficult to ignore.’
    • ‘But aside from these oddball cases, in general it is better to adopt the social viewpoint and drop the information technology mindset.’
    • ‘You wanted to tell her to stop trying so hard, because she's stomping all over whatever organic oddball qualities she's got.’
    • ‘John Ritter had the kind of oddball career that is almost too easy to dismiss, if you don't know better.’
    • ‘Somewhere, deep within Twister, is a searing portrayal of the disintegration of a family, leavened by quirky, oddball humor.’
    • ‘His previous album contained a similar mix of oddball songs and tunes; it was mystifying, irritating, a bit boring.’
    • ‘The contrasting riotous oddball farce and the blood-soaked political thriller could hardly be more different.’
    • ‘This is what Nintendo's new dual-screen handheld is all about: classic gameplay mixed with oddball innovation.’
    • ‘If you desire the illicit pleasures of inspired, oddball sketch comedy, More Fun Than a Bag of Soup is the show for you.’
    • ‘But they're just two of the quirky, oddball characters to be found in ‘Sally's’ world.’
    • ‘The elder Poole has figured out vocal chops and isn't consistently burying them behind filters and oddball delivery.’
    strange, peculiar, weird, queer, funny, bizarre, eccentric, unusual, abnormal, idiosyncratic, unconventional, outlandish, offbeat, freakish, quirky, quaint, zany, off-centre
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