Definition of oddball in English:

oddball

noun

informal
  • A strange or eccentric person.

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

informal
  • Strange; bizarre.

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

oddball

/ˈɒdbɔːl/