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eccentric

ec·cen·tric

eccentric

 
pronunciation:
ek sen trihk
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition: not behaving or thinking in an ordinary or accepted way; odd; peculiar.
They called her eccentric for having her five poodles dyed the colors of the rainbow.
synonyms:
erratic, odd, peculiar, queer, strange
antonyms:
orthodox
similar words:
abnormal, curious, funny, original, quaint, singular, uncommon, unusual, weird
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a person having or showing odd behavior, ideas, or interests.
My uncle was an eccentric who decorated his front yard with large sculptures of penguins.
synonyms:
character, crank, flake, kook, nut
similar words:
original
derivation: eccentrically (adv.)
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The word eccentric contains the following parts:
ec, ect, ecto Greek root that means out, outside
synonyms:
ex-, exo-, extr-, extra-, exter-
 
-ic Latin and Greek adjective-forming suffix that means like, pertaining to
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The suffix -ic attaches to roots and words of Greek or Latin origin to form adjectives. A few words ending in -ic (magic , critic , music ) were adjectives that became nouns in Greek before they entered English, also as nouns.