Word of The Week: Eccentric

Eccentric: Adjective

 origin: Greek

IPA Pronunciation:  /ɪkˈsɛntrɪk,ɛkˈsɛntrɪk/


1. considered by other people to be strange or unusual.

2. not placed centrally or not having its axis or other part placed centrally.



  1. most people considered him a harmless eccentric . 
  2. She’s become more eccentric over the years.



bizarre, cranky, crazy, curious, odd, erratic, far-out, funky, funny.


Rhymes with Eccentric:

egocentric, endocentric,  Afrocentric, acentric,  ethnocentric.

Did You Know?

Eccentric comes to us through Middle English from the Medieval Latin word eccentricus, but it is ultimately derived from a combination of the Greek words ex,meaning “out of,” and kentron, meaning “center.” The original meaning of “eccentric” in English was “not having the same center” (as in “eccentric spheres”). In this sense, it contrasts with concentric, meaning “having a common center” (as in “concentric circles, one within another”). But since at least 1630, English speakers have also used “eccentric” to describe individuals who are figuratively off-center. It can also be used to describe something that doesn’t follow a truly circular path, as in “an eccentric orbit.”


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