V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. unconventional or unusual; 2. not having a common center

Synonyms: odd, outlandish, whimsical, off-center, unusual, peculiar, quirky

Antonyms: concentric, conventional, ordinary, normal

Tips: Eccentric is also a noun, meaning "an unusual person." When thinking of the word eccentric, think of "center" and remember that it refers to someone or something that is off-center. Referring to someone as eccentric can be either a compliment or critique, depending on your point-of-view. Eccentric is used to describe people who seem unique, strange, or peculiar because they do what is considered different than the norm. Eccentric is related to the word idiosyncratic. See idiosyncrasy for additional analysis. For a memory trick, note how eccentric sounds like "Accent Rick." Now, imagine you have a friend name Rick who is considered eccentric (unique, peculiar, strange) because he speaks with a British accent, and he has never even been to England. Because of this, you call your eccentric friend Rick, "Accent Rick."

Usage Examples:

His quirky and eccentric manner never failed to make people laugh. (unusual)

Her eccentric and funky fashion designs appeal to young people. (whimsical, quirky)

The chess team was a diverse and eccentric group of individuals. (quirky, off-center)

He is an eccentric who enjoys shocking people with his outlandish habits and whimsical clothing. (unusual person) noun

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