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From Latin abnormis, from ab- + norma (rule), +‎ -ous. For more, see normal.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæbˌnɔɹ.məs/, /əbˈnɔɹ.məs/


abnormous (comparative more abnormous, superlative most abnormous)

  1. (archaic) Abnormal; irregular; misshapen. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][1]
    • 1777, Edward Ledwich, Antiquitates Sarisburienses: Or, The History and Antiquities of Old and New:
      Sir Toby Matthews was a character equally , if not of a more abnormous cast , than his suspected coadjutor
    • 1840, William Edmonds Horner, A Treatise on Special and General Anatomy - Volume 2:
      No branch , except in the abnormous cases , is given off from the common carotid between its origin and bifurcation


  1. ^ “abnormous” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 6.