eccentric

  • 1 Eccentric — Ec*cen tric ([e^]k*s[e^]n tr[i^]k), a. [F. excentrique, formerly also spelled eccentrique, fr. LL. eccentros out of the center, eccentric, Gr. e kkentros; ek out of + ke ntron center. See {Ex }, and {Center}, and cf. {Excentral}.] 1. Deviating or …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Eccentric — Ec*cen tric ([e^]k*s[e^]n tr[i^]k), n. 1. A circle not having the same center as another contained in some measure within the first. [1913 Webster] 2. One who, or that which, deviates from regularity; an anomalous or irregular person or thing.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 eccentric — [ek sen′trik, iksen′trik] adj. [ME eccentrik < ML eccentricus < LL eccentros, out of the center, eccentric < Gr ekkentros < ek , out of (see EX 1) + kentron, CENTER] 1. not having the same center, as two circles one inside the other:… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 eccentric — early 15c. (n.) eccentric circle or orbit, 1550s (adj.), originally a term in Ptolemaic astronomy, circle or orbit not having the Earth precisely at its center, from M.Fr. eccentrique and directly from M.L. eccentricus (n. and adj.), from Gk.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 eccentric — [adj] bizarre, unusual aberrant, abnormal, anomalous, beat*, bent*, bizarre, capricious, characteristic, cockeyed, crazy, curious, droll, erratic, far out*, flaky, freak, freakish, funky*, funny, idiosyncratic, irregular, kooky, nutty, odd,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 eccentric — ► ADJECTIVE 1) unconventional and slightly strange. 2) technical not placed centrally or not having its axis placed centrally. 3) technical (of an orbit) not circular, especially to a marked degree. ► NOUN 1) an eccentric person. 2) a cam or… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 eccentric — I adjective aberrant, anomalous, bizarre, contrary, curious, departing from the usual course, deviant, deviating, deviative, different, differing, divergent, erratic, extraordinary, idiosyncratic, independent, individual, inusitatus, irregular,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 eccentric — erratic, odd, queer, peculiar, *strange, singular, unique, quaint, outlandish, curious Analogous words: *abnormal, atypical, aberrant: *irregular, anomalous, unnatural: *exceptional, exceptionable: *fantastic, bizarre, grotesque Contrasted …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 eccentric — 01. My neighbor is an [eccentric] old lady who has over 20 cats. 02. They are an [eccentric] couple who dress in funny old clothes, and are always laughing about something. 03. His [eccentric] views have gotten him in trouble a number of times.… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 10 eccentric — I UK [ɪkˈsentrɪk] / US adjective a) someone who is eccentric often behaves in slightly strange or unusual ways She s regarded as being rather eccentric. an eccentric, difficult genius b) used about actions, decisions, or things that people make… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 eccentric — ec|cen|tric1 [ ık sentrık ] adjective someone who is eccentric often behaves in slightly strange or unusual ways: an eccentric, difficult genius She s regarded as being rather eccentric. a. used about actions, decisions, or things that people… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 eccentric — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin eccentricus, from Greek ekkentros, from ex out of + kentron center Date: circa 1630 1. a. deviating from an established or usual pattern or style < eccentric products > b. deviating from …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 eccentric — eccentrical, adj. eccentrically, adv. /ik sen trik, ek /, adj. 1. deviating from the recognized or customary character, practice, etc.; irregular; erratic; peculiar; odd: eccentric conduct; an eccentric person. 2. Geom. not having the same… …

    Universalium

  • 14 eccentric — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look, seem ▪ become, get ▪ The old lady was getting very eccentric. ▪ consider sb …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 eccentric — ec|cen|tric1 [ıkˈsentrık] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: eccentricus, from Greek ekkentros out of the center ] 1.) behaving in a way that is unusual and different from most people ▪ His eccentric behaviour lost him his job. ▪ Aunt… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 eccentric — [[t]ɪkse̱ntrɪk[/t]] eccentrics ADJ GRADED If you say that someone is eccentric, you mean that they behave in a strange way, and have habits or opinions that are different from those of most people. He is an eccentric character who likes wearing a …

    English dictionary

  • 17 eccentric — adj. eccentric in (eccentric in one s habits) * * * [ɪk sentrɪk] eccentric in (eccentric in one s habits) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 eccentric — 1 adjective 1 behaving or appearing in a way that is unusual and different from most people: students dressed in eccentric clothing | an eccentric old woman 2 technical eccentric circles do not have the same centre point compare concentric… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 eccentric — /əkˈsɛntrɪk / (say uhk sentrik) adjective 1. deviating from the recognised or usual character, practice, etc.; irregular; peculiar; odd; queer: eccentric conduct; an eccentric person. 2. not having the same centre, as two circles or spheres of… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 eccentric — [ɪkˈsentrɪk] adj 1) an eccentric person often behaves in slightly strange or unusual ways 2) an eccentric action or decision is strange or unusual eccentric noun [C] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English


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