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eccentric

[ ik-sen-trik, ek- ]
/ ɪkˈsɛn trɪk, ɛk- /
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adjective

noun

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Also especially British, ex·cen·tric .

Origin of eccentric

1350–1400; <Medieval Latin eccentricus<Greek ékkentr(os) out of center (see ec-, center) + Latin -icus-ic

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British Dictionary definitions for eccentric

eccentric
/ (ɪkˈsɛntrɪk) /

adjective

deviating or departing from convention, esp in a bizarre manner; irregular or odd
situated away from the centre or the axis
not having a common centreeccentric circles Compare concentric
not precisely circular

noun

a person who deviates from normal forms of behaviour, esp in a bizarre manner
a device for converting rotary motion to reciprocating motion

Derived forms of eccentric

eccentrically, adverb

Word Origin for eccentric

C16: from Medieval Latin eccentricus, from Greek ekkentros out of centre, from ek- ex- 1 + kentron centre
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Medical definitions for eccentric

eccentric
[ ĭk-sĕntrĭk, ĕk- ]

adj.

Departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern.
Situated or proceeding away from the center.

n.

A person of odd or unconventional behavior.

Other words from eccentric

ec′cen•trici•ty (ĕk′sĕn-trĭsĭ-tē) n.
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