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oddball

[od-bawl] /ˈɒdˌbɔl/
noun
1.
a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming, especially one having beliefs that are unusual but harmless.
adjective
2.
whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical:
an oddball scheme.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45, Americanism; odd + ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for odd ball

oddball

/ˈɒdˌbɔːl/
noun
1.
Also called odd bod, odd fish. a strange or eccentric person
adjective
2.
strange or peculiar
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Word Origin and History for odd ball

oddball

n.

"eccentric or unconventional person," 1948, from odd + ball (n.1). Earlier (1946) as an adjective, used by aviators.

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Slang definitions & phrases for odd ball

oddball

adjective
  1. Strange; weird: sensible drug users and the odd-ball drug users
  2. Nonconformist: He had some pretty oddball ideas
noun
  1. An eccentric person; a strange one; weirdo: This little guy, opinionated, emotional, sensitive, was definitely an oddball/ This weird guy, this oddball with his long neck and his funny talk
  2. A nonconformist; outsider; odd man out: We were generally considered to be a family of hopeless oddballs (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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