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[uhn-yoo-zhoo-uh l, -yoozh-wuh l] /ʌnˈyu ʒu əl, -ˈyuʒ wəl/
not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional:
an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.
Origin of unusual
1575-85; un-1 + usual
Related forms
unusually, adverb
unusualness, noun
extraordinary, remarkable; rare, strange, singular, curious, queer, odd. Unabridged
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  • Between parent and child, the intimacy had been unusually close.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Ham was alone there, and the glance which he bestowed upon me was unusually ugly.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • But the jacket felt so unusually heavy;—could there, perhaps, be gold in it to make up in some measure for the cruel infliction?

  • Evidently this was looked upon as an unusually valuable charm.

    Anting-Anting Stories Sargent Kayme
  • Unless a camel is fresh, unusually large and strong, or constantly urged, it rarely makes more than two miles an hour.

    The Lance of Kanana Harry W. French
British Dictionary definitions for unusually


out of the ordinary; uncommon; extraordinary: an unusual design
Derived Forms
unusually, adverb
unusualness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unusually



1580s, from un- (1) "not" + usual. Related: Unusually.

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