- a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming, especially one having beliefs that are unusual but harmless.
- whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical: an oddball scheme.
Origin of oddball
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Examples from the Web for oddball
Last year, Chappelle spent an evening on the Oddball Comedy Tour in Hartford, Conn., being heckled and booed off stage.Dave Chappelle’s Triumphant Return to New York City
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The exception was this oddball panel entitled, “Risking it All: Why Championship Athletes Dope and What it Means for Sport.”Maybe We Should Just Legalize Steroids for Pro Athletes
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These oddball questions will have you pondering life, luck, and pizza delivery men.Can You Answer These 10 Oddball Job Interview Questions Asked at America’s Top Tech Companies?
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Before that it was just there—but it always had that oddball character.Why Did Llewyn Davis’s Greenwich Village Disappear?
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But beneath this oddball kumbaya story lies a contradiction.Cory Booker’s Rabbis
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- Also called: odd bod, odd fish a strange or eccentric person
- strange or peculiar
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Word Origin and History for oddball
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