Definition of unusual in English:



  • 1Not habitually or commonly occurring or done.

    ‘the government has taken the unusual step of calling home its ambassador’
    ‘it was unusual for Dennis to be late’
    • ‘Clearly, this is a river bank and it is not unusual to see rats on a river bank.’
    • ‘It might sound arrogant to those of a secular persuasion but it is not unusual.’
    • ‘He is a captain so it maybe a little unusual but more common than what you think.’
    • ‘It was not unusual for highly intelligent men to be attracted to cults or sects, she said.’
    • ‘It is not unusual for him to misunderstand a question and give an answer bearing no relation to it.’
    • ‘It is not unusual for me to spend about a quarter of the year away from home.’
    • ‘So falls are not unusual although falls of this sort of magnitude are relatively rare.’
    • ‘It is not unusual for places to be catapulted to stardom thanks to the medium of TV or cinema.’
    • ‘The Alliance has taken the unusual step of warning its members to hold their fire.’
    • ‘It is not unusual for a trainer to bring a horse to a course, then find that the ground is unsuitable.’
    • ‘It is also classic eagle country, and it is not unusual to spot one or two soaring overhead.’
    • ‘It was indeed a very unusual thing to see such a large assembly of people in Westhoughton at so early an hour.’
    • ‘Today they took the unusual step of releasing a photograph in an effort to trace him.’
    • ‘Theft is nothing unusual at the shop, which suffers shoplifting on a daily basis.’
    • ‘The fears prompted them to take the unusual step of releasing his details and picture.’
    • ‘He tried not to isolate and figure out what the unusual stench emanating from the earpiece was.’
    • ‘He took the unusual step of urging Americans not to buy petrol if they don't have to.’
    • ‘The court heard that it was not unusual for him to go out and drink 20 pints in an evening.’
    • ‘It is not unusual to see smokers dragging on cigarettes between mouthfuls at meals.’
    • ‘These range from the common such as rib fractures to the more unusual such as pneumoscrotum.’
    uncommon, abnormal, atypical, unexpected, surprising, unfamiliar, unwonted, different
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    1. 1.1Remarkable or interesting because different from or better than others.
      ‘a man of unusual talent’
      • ‘Male meiosis of Drosophila melanogaster is unusual in some respects.’
      • ‘The evening ended with a game of charades with some very unusual and funny pub names to guess.’
      • ‘Your imagination is uniquely designed to solve everyday problems in unusual ways.’
      • ‘It was an unusual name, and Cornwell had known for years that it would be no hard task to look it up.’
      • ‘It seems many of us are suckers for a big name, a logo and a fancy box or unusual design.’
      • ‘The unusual combination of sweet and savoury proved to be very polarising in this country.’
      • ‘The tomato is unusual in this respect, as very few other fruit accumulate lycopene.’
      • ‘We can look after you, and make sure that you face no problems because of your unusual talents.’
      • ‘She used her skills as a graphic artist to create unusual images to give each a unique look.’
      • ‘We'd also be interested to know of any other sporting stars with unusual middle names.’
      • ‘What do you think of the name and the trend of celebrities giving their kids unusual names?’
      • ‘They also spotted a number of birds, badger prints and unusual buildings along the way.’
      • ‘Now the speculation has begun about what led the proud parents to choose such an unusual name.’
      • ‘He said my surname was an unusual name and did I know my ancestors had invented the Biro pen.’
      • ‘The Keighley centre is unusual because the building has twice been used by Buddhists.’
      • ‘He is a devoted collector of usual and unusual objects with one thing in common, a history.’
      • ‘Universally acknowledged as highly intelligent and articulate, she is unusual in many respects.’
      • ‘What made this extraordinary story even more unusual is that Lee was a woman.’
      • ‘In publishing, it is easy to mistake the effects of chance for those of unusual talent.’
      • ‘Among his more unusual jobs had been providing a quote for a trap to capture the Loch Ness Monster!’
      remarkable, extraordinary, exceptional, singular, particular, marked, outstanding, notable, noteworthy, distinctive, striking, significant, especial, special, signal, superior, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, prodigious
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