Synonyms of peculiar in English:


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1‘something even more peculiar began to happen’


strange, unusual, odd, funny, curious, bizarre, weird, uncanny, queer, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, atypical, anomalous, untypical, different, out of the ordinary, out of the way

exceptional, rare, extraordinary, remarkable

puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, unaccountable, incongruous, uncommon, irregular, singular, deviant, aberrant, freak, freakish

suspicious, dubious, questionable

eerie, unnatural

Scottish unco


informal fishy, creepy, spooky

British informal rum

North American informal bizarro, backasswards


normal, ordinary

2‘his peculiar behaviour at the airport’


bizarre, eccentric, strange, odd, weird, queer, funny, unusual, abnormal, idiosyncratic, unconventional, outlandish, offbeat, freakish, quirky, quaint, droll, zany, off-centre

informal wacky, freaky, kooky, screwy, kinky, oddball, cranky

North American informal off the wall, wacko

NZ Australian dated, informal dilly

3‘I still feel a bit peculiar’


unwell, ill, poorly, bad, out of sorts, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out

British off, off colour

under the weather, below par, not up to par, funny, rough, lousy, rotten, awful, terrible, dreadful, crummy, seedy

British grotty, ropy

Scottish wabbit, peely-wally

NZ Australian crook

vulgar slang crappy

rare peaked, peakish

4‘attitudes and mannerisms peculiar to the islanders’


characteristic of, typical of, representative of, belonging to, indicative of, symptomatic of, suggestive of, exclusive to, like, in character with

5‘Elena added her own peculiar contribution’


distinctive, characteristic, distinct, different, individual, individualistic, distinguishing, typical, special, specific, representative, unique, idiosyncratic, personal, private, essential, natural

identifiable, unmistakable, conspicuous, notable, remarkable

rare singular