Definition of "eccentric" []

  • Departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern. See Synonyms at strange. (adjective)
  • Deviating from a circular form or path, as in an elliptical orbit. (adjective)
  • Not situated at or in the geometric center. (adjective)
  • Having the axis located elsewhere than at the geometric center. (adjective)
  • One that deviates markedly from an established norm, especially a person of odd or unconventional behavior. (noun)
  • Deviating or departing from convention, esp in a bizarre manner; irregular or odd (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Situated away from the centre or the axis (adjective)
  • Not having a common centre (adjective)
  • Not precisely circular (adjective)
  • A person who deviates from normal forms of behaviour, esp in a bizarre manner (noun)
  • A device for converting rotary motion to reciprocating motion (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "eccentric" in a sentence
  • "Writing that is alive is what we call eccentric (if in English) or experimental (if in French)."
  • "Marry, sir, thus: Mr. Eden was what they call eccentric; among his other deviations from usage he delivered the meaning of sentences in church along with the words."
  • ""Kooky and eccentric" is also a good description of Magda Sayeg, the Texas woman credited with starting the yarn bombing movement."