oddball (plural oddballs)
- An eccentric or unusual person.
1964, Earl Warren et alia, Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, page 685:
- Miss Quinn thought that Oswald spoke Russian well in view of his lack of formal training; she found the evening uninteresting. Donovan, with whom she had a date later, testified that she told him that Oswald was “kind of an oddball.”
1989, Maris Soule, Storybook Hero, page 5:
- "She's different, mister. A real oddball, if you know what I mean. But your little girl would love her. All kids love the Doll Lady."
- (neuroscience) A deviant stimulus that appears among repetitive stimuli during an experiment, to trigger an event-related potential in the participant.
oddball (not comparable)
- Exotic, not mainstream.
1984, Steven K. Roberts, The Complete Guide to Microsystem Management:
- An oddball word processor, for example, might never be supported by such helpful tools as spelling checkers, indexing programs, footnote utilities,...
exotic, not mainstream