Adjective "Eccentric" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person or their behaviour) unconventional and slightly strange.
  1. 'In life he was regarded as an awkward customer, a cranky, eccentric figure with a talent for rubbing people up the wrong way.'
  2. 'I am originally from Canada, where this attitude was considered rather eccentric, to say the least.'
  3. 'I've always meant to return there again, as I remember it being beautiful, serene and calming - that is, until the day my friend's slightly eccentric grandfather joined us.'
  4. 'The strength of characters was very important - all were slightly eccentric.'
  5. 'He gives a smile as he recalls that others have called him eccentric.'
  6. 'Her eccentric characters are imbued with humanity, and the ending is stunning.'
  7. 'He became a recluse, and his rare film appearances were overshadowed by tales of his eccentric behaviour on set.'
  8. 'Born into a bookish, slightly eccentric family, she grew up in the shadow of her mother's nervous temperament and the role of caretaker she assumed as a result.'
  9. 'I think I'm regarded as harmless and mildly eccentric; I'm happy with both qualities.'
  10. 'I work with a bunch of peculiar, eccentric guys who have a lot of really strange ideas.'
Not placed centrally or not having its axis or other part placed centrally.
  1. 'Eccentric contractions generally develop greater muscle tension than both isometric and concentric contractions.'
  2. 'The foam cells were oval to polygonal with a moderate amount of cytoplasm and central to eccentric small nuclei.'
  3. 'Subsequently, the muscle is also more vulnerable to rupture during an eccentric contraction.'
  4. 'During the encounter, one is thrown into the eccentric orbit and remains in the Solar System while the other is ejected into interstellar space where it wanders forever.'
  5. 'From 1979 until 1999 Pluto was not the outermost planet, its eccentric orbit making Neptune the furthest from the Sun.'
  6. 'Some orbits are so eccentric that they never loop back around again.'


A person of unconventional and slightly strange views or behaviour.
  1. 'This creates a bond between the two of them, both of whom are viewed as eccentrics by the community.'
  2. 'Hall is fascinated with the ordinary person's philosophy of life and society, and his songs display sympathy for eccentrics and non-conformists.'
  3. 'In interviews, he comes across as an engaging, amiable eccentric.'
  4. 'This is the Cornwall of myth, a clichéd caricature version of the county complete with exaggerated eccentrics, loony local lore and mystical happenings.'
  5. 'This isn't surprising when even the groups he does encounter, such as the peace activists, also seem to see themselves as dabblers and eccentrics rather than as committed individuals.'
  6. 'Several spoke of him as a harmless and even lovable eccentric.'
  7. 'Which got me thinking about local characters and eccentrics - like the gentleman who could be seen for years until the mid-1980s walking around Greenwich immaculately turned out, with his Siamese cat on a lead.'
  8. 'The shelf life of a true eccentric is not very long in Hollywood.'
  9. 'Those who treat animals in the same way they treat their friends or family are generally seen as eccentrics, or even social misfits.'
  10. 'Mother desperately wanted me to associate with the popular girls - who wouldn't have given me the time of day except in Mother's presence - but tolerated my little motley assortment of eccentrics and outcasts.'
A disc or wheel mounted eccentrically on a revolving shaft in order to transform rotation into backward-and-forward motion, e.g. a cam in an internal combustion engine.


    1. deviating from the recognized or customary character, practice, etc.; irregular; erratic; peculiar; odd: eccentric conduct; an eccentric person.

    2. Geometry. not having the same center; not concentric: used especially of two circles or spheres at least one of which contains the centers of both.

    3. (of an axis, axle, etc.) not situated in the center.

    4. Machinery. having the axis or support away from the center: an eccentric wheel.

    5. Astronomy. deviating from a circular f

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be eccentric for loves."

    "people can be eccentric for goods."

    "people can be eccentric."

    "behaviours can be eccentric."

    "goalkeepers can be eccentric."

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    Late Middle English (as a noun denoting a circle or orbit not having the earth precisely at its centre): via late Latin from Greek ekkentros, from ek ‘out of’ + kentron ‘centre’.