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1Out of the ordinary; unusual.‘prostate cancer is not uncommon in men over 60’‘an uncommon name’
unusual, abnormal, rare, atypical, uncustomary, unconventional, unexpected, unfamiliar, strange, odd, curious, out of the ordinary, extraordinary, out of the way, outlandish, offbeat, irregular, deviant, novel, singular, peculiar, queer, bizarre, freakish, quirky, alienrare, scarce, few and far between, thin on the ground, exceptional, abnormal, isolated, occasional, infrequent, irregular, sporadicView synonyms
- ‘Like, Darren, I have a fairly uncommon name - however, there are a couple of others out there.’
- ‘Their numbers can vary considerably from year to year, but they are always considered uncommon or rare.’
- ‘They are uncommon to rare in the western Washington lowlands during migration, in March.’
- ‘The case presented here represents an unusual presentation of an uncommon disease.’
- ‘Crime, rather than being abnormal and uncommon, may be considered a routine part of life.’
- ‘Yeast infections of the skin in older children, teens, and adults are uncommon.’
- ‘The confusion of national and personal interest is not uncommon among dictators, however urbane.’
- ‘New York must have been getting to me, because it was not uncommon for a stranger to spark up a conversation down here.’
- ‘And all four are very unusual and uncommon topics for discussion amongst friends.’
- ‘It is very uncommon for strangers to know how to use althea that you just collected.’
- ‘Such an ensemble was uncommon for ordinary ladies in the age, but Raven was far from ordinary.’
- ‘Such behaviour, unusual as it was, was not uncommon in Surrealist circles in Paris in the 1930s.’
- ‘It describes a circumstance which is such as to form an exception, which is out of the ordinary course, or unusual, or special, or uncommon.’
- ‘Now it is not uncommon to hear an adult swear in front of their children in public, and the kids to curse back.’
- ‘Endemic to the Solomon Islands, this eagle is usually regarded as rare or uncommon.’
- ‘However, it is not uncommon for relatives of either the husband or the wife to stay with them for a time.’
- ‘It is especially important in this area as it supports many rare and nationally uncommon species of plant.’
- ‘My two children have uncommon names that are easy to pronounce and spell.’
- ‘Turkey Vultures are uncommon to rare in the drier portions of the Columbia Basin, even as migrants.’
- ‘Single crystals of two or more different colours are not uncommon, making unusual multicoloured faceted stones.’
- 1.1[attributive] Remarkably great (used for emphasis)‘an uncommon amount of noise’
remarkable, extraordinary, exceptional, singular, particular, marked, outstanding, notable, noteworthy, distinctive, striking, significant, especial, special, signal, superior, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, prodigiousView synonyms
- ‘He does have an uncommon amount of common sense.’
[as submodifier] Remarkably.‘he was uncommon afraid’
- ‘I'm uncommon afraid of fire to-night.’
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