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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)

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.

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."