Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

eccentric - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective eccentric pronunciation in British English /ɪkˈsentrɪk/

Related words

  1. someone who is eccentric often behaves in slightly strange or unusual ways

    She’s regarded as being rather eccentric.

    an eccentric, difficult genius

    1. a.
      used about actions, decisions, or things that people make that are strange or unusual

      a rather eccentric decision by the referee

      an eccentric family tradition

derived word


 eccentric pronunciation in British English /ɪkˈsentrɪkli/ adverb


used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play