- deviating from or inconsistent with the common order, form, or rule; irregular; abnormal: Advanced forms of life may be anomalous in the universe.
- not fitting into a common or familiar type, classification, or pattern; unusual: He held an anomalous position in the art world.
- incongruous or inconsistent.
- Grammar. irregular.
Origin of anomalous
Examples from the Web for anomalous
No matter the name, the purported “anomalous primate” has long been the subject of a cycle of stories and skepticism.Sorry Bigfoot Truthers: Yetis Aren’t Real
July 3, 2014
Alito opened the door by questioning the “anomalous” Abood precedent, which lets states coerce union members into paying dues.The Conservative Case for Unions After the Harris v. Quinn Decision
July 2, 2014
The bank acknowledges that it has some problems, but says they are anomalous.The Money-Laundering Vatican Bank Comes Clean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 19, 2014
History has not decided about Carter because he is so anomalous.A George W. Bush Comeback?
April 24, 2013
The recent auction records are not as anomalous as they may appear.The Next Art Bubble
April 13, 2011
It is not anomalous, but more like and not less like other men.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
But how comes it, Phil, that they have never discovered their anomalous position?'Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
What was anomalous in my position had passed away with the next outward mail.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The appearance of these two girls in this earthy family was anomalous.The Man Who Wins
Difformis: irregular in form or outline: not comparable; anomalous.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- deviating from the normal or usual order, type, etc; irregular, abnormal, or incongruous
Word Origin and History for anomalous
1640s, from Late Latin anomalus, from Greek anomalos "uneven, irregular" (see anomaly). Related: Anomalously; anomalousness.