Definition of uncharacteristic in US English:



  • Not typical of a particular person or thing.

    ‘an uncharacteristic display of temper’
    • ‘Greta Garbo retired in 1941 after the failure of the uncharacteristic comedy Two-Faced Woman.’
    • ‘Other symptoms can be an aversion to bright light, an inability to speak or control movement and uncharacteristic behaviour.’
    • ‘Whatever was amiss, and something definitely was, this was a most uncharacteristic display by Munster.’
    • ‘His many readers, including me, had become increasingly puzzled and concerned by his uncharacteristic silence.’
    • ‘When it comes to final verdicts, Scotland gave it their best shot once some uncharacteristic problems in the line-out had been ironed out.’
    • ‘Again, though, a lot of people made uncharacteristic mistakes at inopportune moments that cost Scotland dearly.’
    • ‘If you were in the north of England on Saturday and you heard this uncharacteristic outburst, I apologise if I alarmed you.’
    • ‘He crossed the room and threw his arms around his twin in an uncharacteristic display of emotions.’
    • ‘An uncharacteristic lull in the match might have given Airdrie a false sense of security, but the third came in 62 minutes.’
    • ‘Last month, the flamboyant Messier appeared to accept his downfall with uncharacteristic humility, and departed.’
    • ‘He recalls he wanted to become a priest for her, a seemingly uncharacteristic trait for one now so sceptical of the Catholic church.’
    • ‘The poll tax actions were neither new nor uncharacteristic.’
    • ‘The authors offered neither diagnosis nor cure for the Arabs' inexplicable and uncharacteristic lack of hospitality.’
    • ‘A fortnight ago it was his uncharacteristic blunder which helped Celtic take the initiative in the first Old Firm game of the season.’
    • ‘His family said that was uncharacteristic as he rarely drank.’
    • ‘In one appearance, after the first bout of bombing, he was wearing uncharacteristic horn-rimmed spectacles.’
    • ‘At first glance, it was a curiously cold moment, uncharacteristic of such a popular and outgoing figure.’
    • ‘So what drew Offenbach to such uncharacteristic subject matter?’
    • ‘And then, just when he had reason to be content with a display of uncharacteristic tenacity, he missed an easy putt for par on the last.’
    • ‘Lying awake last night in an uncharacteristic attack of insomnia, I started wondering about the height of various bloggers.’
    unusual, uncommon, unconventional, novel, different, exotic, alternative, unorthodox, odd, peculiar, curious, atypical, unwonted, abnormal, anomalous, aberrant, out of the ordinary
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