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oddball

[od-bawl]Informal.
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noun
  1. a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming, especially one having beliefs that are unusual but harmless.
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adjective
  1. whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical: an oddball scheme.
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Origin of oddball

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; odd + ball1
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  • His father, Vanneman Porter, had been an oddball in his own way, too.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Somewhere up in the house is this oddball Maxwell who hides out all the time.

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    George Oliver Smith


British Dictionary definitions for oddball

oddball

noun
  1. Also called: odd bod, odd fish a strange or eccentric person
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adjective
  1. strange or peculiar
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Word Origin and History for oddball

n.

"eccentric or unconventional person," 1948, from odd + ball (n.1). Earlier (1946) as an adjective, used by aviators.

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