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[uhn-yoo-zhoo-uh l, -yoozh-wuh l] /ʌnˈyu ʒu əl, -ˈyuʒ wəl/
not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional:
an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.
Origin of unusual
1575-85; un-1 + usual
Related forms
unusually, adverb
unusualness, noun
extraordinary, remarkable; rare, strange, singular, curious, queer, odd. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unusually
  • Being unusually delicate, it's often also slightly bruised.
  • It is a complete amino acid and is unusually high in protein for a seed.
  • Because of the complexity of the build, permitting was an unusually long process.
  • They noticed that the north coast of the island is unusually straight, indicating active earthquake faults.
  • Slot canyons are comparatively short and unusually narrow canyons that can be several hundred feet deep.
  • After an unusually long rainy season, the pan had quite a bit of water in it.
  • If you see the ocean receding unusually rapidly or far it's a good sign that a big wave is on its way.
  • If you see the ocean receding unusually rapidly, that's a good sign that a tsunami may be on its way.
  • With no material to slow it down, the supernova's debris spread quickly, leading to the remnant's unusually large size.
  • The blobs are also unusually bright, shining with the same intensity as the brightest known galaxies.
British Dictionary definitions for unusually


out of the ordinary; uncommon; extraordinary: an unusual design
Derived Forms
unusually, adverb
unusualness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unusually



1580s, from un- (1) "not" + usual. Related: Unusually.

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