oddball

[od-bawl] Informal.
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:
1940–45, Americanism; odd + ball1

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oddball (ˈɒdˌbɔːl)
 
n
1.  odd bod, Also called: odd fish a strange or eccentric person
 
adj
2.  strange or peculiar

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oddball
"eccentric or unconventional person," 1948, from odd + ball (n.).
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oddball definition


  1. n.
    an eccentric person. : Tom is sure an oddball. He ordered a pineapple and strawberry milkshake.
  2. mod.
    strange; peculiar. : Your oddball ideas have cost us too much money.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Political parties run on expediency, not ideology, which makes it possible to
  cobble together all manner of oddball coalitions.
Between oddball earthquakes and far-reaching hurricanes, much of the country is
  in disaster preparation mode right now.
Geladas are isolated, oddball monkeys that science has largely overlooked.
It is a model of the genre: two crisp pages, neatly typed, no oddball fonts.
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