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uncommon

[uhn-kom-uh n] /ʌnˈkɒm ən/
adjective, uncommoner, uncommonest.
1.
not common; unusual; rare:
an uncommon word.
2.
unusual in amount or degree; above the ordinary:
an uncommon amount of mail.
3.
exceptional; remarkable.
Origin of uncommon
1540-1550
1540-50; un-1 + common
Related forms
uncommonness, noun
Synonyms
1. scarce, infrequent; odd, singular, strange, peculiar, queer. 2. extraordinary. 3. outstanding.
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  • Even a child would then have known that calling this criminal device the Armstrong gate was a joke of uncommon richness.

    Somewhere in Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • The doctor there speaks of 'our steel pens,' as if they were not at all uncommon.

  • Fischelowitz smiled with uncommon cheerfulness as he grasped the bony fingers heartily.

    A Cigarette-Maker's Romance F. Marion Crawford
  • They was all hard up there, Mr Plornish said, uncommon hard up, to be sure.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • It is a mistaken idea, not uncommon, that the usual way of reproducing forests is to plant trees.

    Wood and Forest William Noyes
British Dictionary definitions for uncommon

uncommon

/ʌnˈkɒmən/
adjective
1.
outside or beyond normal experience, conditions, etc; unusual
2.
in excess of what is normal: an uncommon liking for honey
adverb
3.
an archaic word for uncommonly (sense 2)
Derived Forms
uncommonness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncommon
adj.

1540s, "not possessed in common," from un- (1) "not" + common (adj.). Meaning "not commonly occurring, unusual, rare" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Uncommonly.

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