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[uh-nom-uh-luh s] /əˈnɒm ə ləs/
deviating from or inconsistent with the common order, form, or rule; irregular; abnormal:
Advanced forms of life may be anomalous in the universe.
not fitting into a common or familiar type, classification, or pattern; unusual:
He held an anomalous position in the art world.
incongruous or inconsistent.
Grammar. irregular.
Origin of anomalous
1640-50; (< Medieval Latin, Late Latin anōmalus) < Greek anṓmalos irregular, equivalent to an- an-1 + homalós even, with ō by analogy with other Gk privatives (cf. anopheles); see homo-, -ous
Related forms
anomalously, adverb
anomalousness, noun
Can be confused
anomalous, anonymous, euonymus, unanimous. Unabridged
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  • Whatever the origin of his title, it well expressed the anomalous and undefined position of the midshipman.

  • What was anomalous in my position had passed away with the next outward mail.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • He admitted that this was an anomalous course of legislation, and that the board would be entrusted with extraordinary powers.

  • The appearance of these two girls in this earthy family was anomalous.

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • Before the vast blazing pile a hideous, anomalous mob clad in indescribable rags and tatters, danced with furious, drunken joy.

    Garrick's Pupil Auguston Filon
British Dictionary definitions for anomalous


deviating from the normal or usual order, type, etc; irregular, abnormal, or incongruous
Derived Forms
anomalously, adverb
anomalousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin anōmalus, from Greek anōmalos uneven, inconsistent, from an- + homalos even, from homos one and the same
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Word Origin and History for anomalous

1640s, from Late Latin anomalus, from Greek anomalos "uneven, irregular" (see anomaly). Related: Anomalously; anomalousness.

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