oddball

[ od-bawl ]
/ ˈɒdˌbɔl /
Informal.

noun

a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming, especially one having beliefs that are unusual but harmless.

adjective

whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical: an oddball scheme.

Nearby words

  1. odd-lotter,
  2. odd-man,
  3. odd-man rush,
  4. odd-pinnate,
  5. odd-toed ungulate,
  6. oddfellow,
  7. oddish,
  8. odditorium,
  9. oddity,
  10. oddly

Origin of oddball

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; odd + ball1

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British Dictionary definitions for oddball

oddball

/ (ˈɒdˌbɔːl) informal /

noun

Also called: odd bod, odd fish a strange or eccentric person

adjective

strange or peculiar
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Word Origin and History for oddball

oddball

n.

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

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