peculiar Definition

  • 1strange or unusual, especially in a way that is unpleasant or worrying
  • 2belonging exclusively to one person, group, or thing
  • 3particular; special

Using peculiar: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "peculiar" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He had a peculiar habit of collecting rubber ducks.

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    The dog had a peculiar smell.

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    She has a peculiar way of speaking.

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    That's a peculiar thing to say.

peculiar Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for peculiar

Antonyms for peculiar

Phrases with peculiar

  • belonging exclusively to a particular person, group, or thing


    The customs of the tribe are peculiar to them.

  • a peculiar smell/taste

    an unpleasant or unusual smell/taste


    There was a peculiar smell coming from the kitchen.

  • a peculiar look/expression

    a strange or unusual facial expression


    She gave me a peculiar look when I told her the news.

Origins of peculiar

from Latin 'peculiaris', meaning 'of private property'


Summary: peculiar in Brief

The term 'peculiar' [pɪˈkjuːliə(r)] refers to something strange or unusual, often in an unpleasant or worrying way. It can also mean belonging exclusively to one person, group, or thing, or being particular or special. Examples include 'He had a peculiar habit of collecting rubber ducks.' and 'The dog had a peculiar smell.'

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