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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
First recorded in 1575-85; un-1 + usual
Related forms
unusually, adverb
unusualness, noun
extraordinary, remarkable; rare, strange, singular, curious, queer, odd. Unabridged
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  • The diffidence of his tone proved startling to her by virtue of its unusualness.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • In fact, he had begun by giving them some warning as to what they might expect in the way of unusualness.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The dead silence of the house added to the unusualness of things.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Before him he saw a scene which was almost weird in its unusualness.

    The Adventures of a Boy Reporter Harry Steele Morrison
  • There was an unusualness in him which impressed and irritated her simultaneously.

    Eden Edgar Saltus
  • His face expressed no sense of the unusualness of the sight.

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
  • There is nothing more in it than the unusualness of the thing.

  • The unusualness of the incident, and the mysterious manner of the servant, increased our curiosity extraordinarily.

    The Joy of Captain Ribot Armando Palacio Valds
  • As usual, the force, the unusualness of the conception, rather than its ideal beauty are the points we notice first.

    William Blake Irene Langridge
  • To her I mean constraint, uprooting, exile, that unusualness which throws simple people out of their orbits.

    Woman Magdeleine Marx
British Dictionary definitions for unusualness


out of the ordinary; uncommon; extraordinary: an unusual design
Derived Forms
unusually, adverb
unusualness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unusualness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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