[uhn-yoo-zhoo-uhl, -yoozh-wuhl]


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

Origin of unusual

First recorded in 1575–85; un-1 + usual
Related formsun·u·su·al·ly, adverbun·u·su·al·ness, noun

Synonyms for unusual

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Contemporary Examples of unusually

Historical Examples of unusually

  • Milza was the first to observe that her absence was unusually protracted.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • On this particular night their meeting was unusually impressive.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • Between parent and child, the intimacy had been unusually close.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The weather was exceedingly fine, mild, and unusually clear.

  • From all this the result was that my nature was unusually trusting.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for unusually



out of the ordinary; uncommon; extraordinaryan unusual design
Derived Formsunusually, adverbunusualness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unusually



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

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