unusual

[ uhn-yoo-zhoo-uhl, -yoozh-wuhl ]
/ ʌnˈyu ʒu əl, -ˈyuʒ wəl /

adjective

not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional: an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.

Nearby words

  1. ununseptium,
  2. ununtrium,
  3. unununium,
  4. unusable,
  5. unused,
  6. unusuality,
  7. unusually,
  8. unutterable,
  9. unvaccinated,
  10. unvalued

Origin of unusual

First recorded in 1575–85; un-1 + usual

Related formsun·u·su·al·ly, adverbun·u·su·al·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unusual

unusual

/ (ʌnˈjuːʒʊəl) /

adjective

out of the ordinary; uncommon; extraordinaryan unusual design
Derived Formsunusually, adverbunusualness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unusual

unusual

adj.

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + usual. Related: Unusually.

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