from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not usual, common, or ordinary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unlike what is expected; differing in some way from the norm.
  • adj. More than usual.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not usual; uncommon; rare

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not usual; not frequent; not common; rare; strange; as, an unusual season; a person of unusual erudition.
  • Synonyms Uncommon, unwonted, singular, remarkable, odd.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird
  • adj. not usual or common or ordinary
  • adj. not commonly encountered


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • Laid up in the hospital, James Thurber passed the time doing crossword puzzles.

    One day he asked a nurse, “What seven-letter word has three u’s in it?�?

    She said, “I don’t know, but it must be unusual.�?


    October 26, 2009

  • I guess because the middle U is pronounced with a "yu" sound rather than a "uh" or "oo."

    October 20, 2007

  • No. Sometimes the "j" consonant is before "ʊ" vowel. Examples: university /jʊ:nɪ'vɜ:sɪtɪ/, uniform /'jʊ:nɪfɔ:m/, useful /'jʊ:sfʊl/. Why? I don't know!

    October 20, 2007

  • What is the "j" doing in that pronunciation? Is in standing for something funny?

    October 20, 2007

  • /ʌn'jʊ:ʒʊəl/

    October 19, 2007

  • Poco común, raro

    October 19, 2007