[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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Examples from the Web for unusualness

Historical Examples of unusualness

  • The diffidence of his tone proved startling to her by virtue of its unusualness.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • In fact, he had begun by giving them some warning as to what they might expect in the way of unusualness.

    T. Tembarom

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • The dead silence of the house added to the unusualness of things.

    T. Tembarom

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Before him he saw a scene which was almost weird in its unusualness.

  • There was an unusualness in him which impressed and irritated her simultaneously.


    Edgar Saltus

British Dictionary definitions for unusualness



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



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

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