Definition of oddball in English:

oddball

noun

informal
  • A strange or eccentric person.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How exciting to have so many oddballs in one place!’
    • ‘Only half-jokingly, De Vos adds: ‘In Canada, the footballers are just the oddballs who make the wrong decision.’’
    • ‘The Greens are not the well-meaning oddballs we thought they were.’
    • ‘The boarders, however, are much more than eccentrics or oddballs.’
    • ‘Burton also confessed he and Helena laugh off claims they are eccentric oddballs.’
    • ‘He also had a sense of humour that veered into the absurd, which explains why he enjoyed interacting with the oddballs.’
    • ‘They've stocked the audience with a few token oddballs.’
    • ‘Third, there are the truly restless - the oddballs and eccentrics who always seem to want to look at things from a different angle.’
    • ‘Artists, an architect, a photographer, oddballs and the unemployed - they're all here, and Nabatian captures them in their full glory.’
    • ‘The same collection of freaks and oddballs is, this time, armed only with old tricks and stale lines.’
    • ‘First, there are spontaneous mutants, oddballs that arise by chance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, most people who are successful in Hollywood or any other business are not oddballs at all.’
    • ‘Glover regularly stands apart from his fellow oddballs, even when surrounded by weirdos.’
    • ‘And sometimes, these oddballs just happen to be good policemen.’
    • ‘After several unsuccessful attempts he is kicked out of his therapy group for impeding the progress of his fellow oddballs.’
    • ‘There are people who come because this is a group of oddballs and weirdos.’
    • ‘Far more difficult is to curate a well-put together collection of modern folk-based oddballs, and Banhart's done a splendid job here.’
    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’
    • ‘I compiled a bunch of recent flamenco things, really oddball flamenco things.’
    • ‘Somewhere, deep within Twister, is a searing portrayal of the disintegration of a family, leavened by quirky, oddball humor.’
    • ‘Weebls Stuff is a feast of oddball entertainment.’
    • ‘John Ritter had the kind of oddball career that is almost too easy to dismiss, if you don't know better.’
    • ‘But at least it's entertaining crazy oddball behaviour.’
    • ‘His songs had gone from sublime to bizarre, compounded by his friendship with oddball lyricist Van Dyke Parks.’
    • ‘You wanted to tell her to stop trying so hard, because she's stomping all over whatever organic oddball qualities she's got.’
    • ‘This is what Nintendo's new dual-screen handheld is all about: classic gameplay mixed with oddball innovation.’
    • ‘OK, so the cars do handle in a slightly oddball method; but that's only compared to other racers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But aside from these oddball cases, in general it is better to adopt the social viewpoint and drop the information technology mindset.’
    • ‘But they're just two of the quirky, oddball characters to be found in ‘Sally's’ world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's the type of oddball coincidence that's difficult to ignore.’
    • ‘There are no fistfights or wisecracks or oddball events or wacky characters.’
    • ‘It's a hefty task, seeing as each of her children is manoeuvring their way through a litany of oddball obsessions and neuroses.’
    • ‘If you desire the illicit pleasures of inspired, oddball sketch comedy, More Fun Than a Bag of Soup is the show for you.’
    • ‘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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Pronunciation

oddball

/ˈädˌbôl//ˈɑdˌbɔl/