[ UK /pɪkjˈuːli‍ə/ ]
[ US /pəkˈjuɫjɝ, pɪkˈjuɫjɝ/ ]
  1. characteristic of one only; distinctive or special
    the peculiar character of the Government of the U.S.
  2. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
    her speech has a funny twang
    a curious hybrid accent
    had an odd name
    singular behavior
    something definitely queer about this town
    the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves
    they have some funny ideas about war
    what a rum fellow
  3. markedly different from the usual
    a man...feels it a peculiar insult to be taunted with cowardice by a woman
    a peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats
  4. unique or specific to a person or thing or category
    my own special chair
    the particular demands of the job
    has a particular preference for Chinese art
    an expression peculiar to Canadians
    the special features of a computer
    a peculiar bond of sympathy between them
    rights peculiar to the rich
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How To Use peculiar In A Sentence

  • I find her attitude a bit peculiar, to say the least.
  • Somebody comes forward, examines, and then draws from out the grave, where it has lain, directly under the body, a knife -- a knife of peculiar shape and workmanship -- a long, keen, _surgeon's knife_! The Diamond Coterie
  • However peculiarity is a characteristic of all things Royal, not to say outright barminess.
  • “But suppose, Maggie, —suppose it was a man who was not conceited, who felt he had nothing to be conceited about; who had been marked from childhood for a peculiar kind of suffering, and to whom you were the day-star of his life; who loved you, worshipped you, so entirely that he felt it happiness enough for him if you would let him see you at rare moments——”15 IV. Another Love-Scene. Book V—Wheat and Tares
  • Hence there is in sin a peculiar inconformity to the holiness of God; which is the "macula," the "spot," "stain," and Pneumatologia
  • It's survived in a very peculiar form, with the so-called monks are actually married and have their hair long, unlike in the South where they're tonsured, and they wear civilian clothes but with the robes just over the tops of them.
  • This figure shows the peculiar ocular part of the altazimuth, with the vertical and horizontal circles. Scientific American Supplement, No. 611, September 17, 1887
  • The main thoroughfare there is Midsummer Boulevard, or H6, if you prefer the totalitarian grid system peculiar to the area.
  • Objective : To improve retainers aesthetics and alleviate buccal retainers peculiar sense for patients removable partial denture.
  • We have known a male mierkat so assiduous in feeding young that were quite unrelated to himself, taking to them every morsel of food given him, that we have been compelled to shut him up in a room alone when feeding him, to prevent his starving himself to death: the male mierkat thus exhibiting exactly those psychic qualities which are generally regarded as peculiarly feminine; the females, on the other hand, being far more pugnacious towards each other than are the males. Woman and Labour
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