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Dictionary Definition

eccentric adj
1 conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual; "restaurants of bizarre design--one like a hat, another like a rabbit"; "famed for his eccentric spelling"; "a freakish combination of styles"; "his off-the-wall antics"; "the outlandish clothes of teenagers"; "outre and affected stage antics" [syn: bizarre, freakish, freaky, flaky, off-the-wall, outlandish, outre]
2 not having a common center; not concentric; "eccentric circles" [syn: nonconcentric] [ant: concentric]


1 a person with an unusual or odd personality [syn: eccentric person, flake, oddball, geek]
2 a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); "a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case" [syn: character, type, case]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin eccentricus, literally out of centre, from Greek: ekkentros, not having the same centre.


  • /ɪkˈsɛntrɪk/ (RP)
  • /ɛkˈsɛntrɪk/ (US)


  1. Not at or in the centre.
  2. Not perfectly circular
    an eccentric or elliptical orbit
  3. Having a different center.
  4. Deviating from the norm; behaving unexpectedly or differently.
    "He has become really eccentric over the years."
  5. (of a motion) against or in the opposite direction of contraction of a muscle. (E.g. flexion of the lower arm while flexing the tricep; opening of the jaw while flexing the masseter). (Antonym: concentric)


  • 1956 — Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 40
    Khedron was the only other person in the city who could be called eccentric.


Not at or in the centre
Not perfectly circular
Having a different center
Deviating from the norm
(physiology) (of a motion) against or in the opposite direction of contraction of a muscle


  1. A disk or wheel with its axis off centre, giving a reciprocating motion.
  2. One who does not behave like others.
  3. a kook


off-centre wheel
person who does not behave like others

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Eccentricity may refer to:
eccentric in Tosk Albanian: Exzentrizität
eccentric in Danish: Excentricitet
eccentric in German: Exzentrizität
eccentric in French: Excentricité
eccentric in Italian: Eccentricità
eccentric in Hebrew: אקסצנטריות
eccentric in Dutch: Excentriek
eccentric in Low German: Exzentrizität (Mehrdüdig Begreep)
eccentric in Portuguese: Excentricidade
eccentric in Romanian: Excentricitate
eccentric in Thai: ความเยื้องศูนย์กลาง
eccentric in Turkish: Dışmerkezlik

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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