- not normal, average, typical, or usual; deviating from a standard: abnormal powers of concentration; an abnormal amount of snow; abnormal behavior.
- extremely or excessively large: abnormal profit.
Origin of abnormal
Synonyms for abnormalSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for abnormallyabnormally, uncommonly, peculiarly, unusually, remarkably, rarely, uniquely, surprisingly, startlingly, strikingly, curiously, amazingly, separately, individually, variously, negatively, specially, exclusively, notably, specifically
Examples from the Web for abnormally
Contemporary Examples of abnormally
These numbers are partly due to an abnormally high number of traffic deaths.New Social Progress Index Ranks U.S. 16th Out of 132 Countries
April 3, 2014
In other words, we feel that we are moving at a slow, stately rate through a universe whose contents have been abnormally slowed.New York on Quaaludes
April 23, 2013
Rove is abnormally skilled at convincing the audience that the pawn moved on its own to that particular square on the chess board.Behind Rove's Latest Lies
James C. Moore
August 13, 2009
The early-voter turnout, which figures to be heavily Democratic, is abnormally high.The Hot Shot Democrat You've Never Heard Of
November 2, 2008
Historical Examples of abnormally
She also saw that Dick was abnormally excited, and suspected that he had been drinking.Viviette
William J. Locke
Dilly was a very little woman, with abnormally long and sinewy arms.Meadow Grass
Not a gun will be in sight, and the battery will be abnormally light.
In 15.5% we find trochocephalous or abnormally round heads (index 91).Criminal Man
On board the Euphrates Wickham had been abnormally interested in Cressley.A Master of Mysteries
L. T. Meade
- not normal; deviating from the usual or typical; extraordinary
- informal odd in behaviour or appearance; strange
Word Origin for abnormal
1835, displaced older abnormous (1742) and rival anormal (1835) under influence of Latin abnormis "deviating from a rule," from ab- "off, away from" (see ab-) + norma "rule" (see norm). The older forms were via Old French anormal (13c.), from Medieval Latin anormalos, from Greek anomalos, from an- "not" + homalos, from homos "same." The Greek word was altered in Latin by association with norma. Related: Abnormally.