Irregular vs Peculiar - What's the difference?

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Irregular is a synonym of peculiar.


As adjectives the difference between irregular and peculiar

is that irregular is irregular while peculiar is out of the ordinary; odd; curious; unusual.

As a noun peculiar is

that which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

irregular

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Nonstandard; not conforming to rules or expectations.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year = 1967 , first = Barbara , last = Sleigh , authorlink = Barbara Sleigh , title = (Jessamy) , edition = 1993 , location = Sevenoaks, Kent , publisher=Bloomsbury , isbn = 0 340 19547 9 , page = 33 , url = , passage = ‘ “It would be most irregular' Grandpa!” says Miss Cecily frowning and tapping her foot. “Well, we’re a pretty ' irregular family so that’s neither here nor there,” says the old man, impish like. [...] ’ }}
  • Of a surface, rough.
  • Without symmetry, regularity, or uniformity.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1944, author=(w)
  • , title= The Three Corpse Trick, chapter=5 , passage=The hovel stood in the centre of what had once been a vegetable garden, but was now a patch of rank weeds. Surrounding this, almost like a zareba, was an irregular ring of gorse and brambles, an unclaimed vestige of the original common.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-01-01, author=Paul Bartel, Ashli Moore
  • , volume=101, issue=1, page=47–48, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Avian Migration: The Ultimate Red-Eye Flight , passage=Many of these classic methods are still used, with some modern improvements. For example, with the aid of special microphones and automated sound detection software, ornithologists recently reported […] that pine siskins (Spinus pinus ) undergo an irregular , nomadic type of nocturnal migration.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-19, author= Ian Sample
  • , volume=189, issue=6, page=34, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains , passage=Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.  ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.}}
  • Not regular; having sides that are not equal or angles that are not equal.
  • Whose faces are not all regular polygons (or are not equally inclined to each other).
  • Antonyms

    * regular

    Derived terms

    * irregular plural * irregular verb

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A soldier who is not a member of an official military force and, often, does not follow regular army tactics.
  • peculiar

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Out of the ordinary; odd; curious; unusual.
  • The sky had a peculiar appearance before the storm.
    It would be rather peculiar to see a kangaroo hopping down a city street.
  • * 1800 , , Volume 41, page 379,
  • I saw nothing peculiar in his conduct, and thought that his arrangement of the ballot box was perfect.
  • * 2001 , Jack Schaefer, Wendell Minor, Shane ,
  • "Wasn't it peculiar ," I heard mother say, "How he wouldn't talk about himself?"
    "Peculiar ?" said father. "Well, yes, in a way."
    "Everything about him is peculiar ." Mother sounded as if she was stirred up and interested. "I never saw a man quite like him before."
  • * 2008', Stephen Arnott, '''''Peculiar Proverbs: Weird Words of Wisdom from Around the World .
  • Common or usual for a certain place or circumstance; specific or particular.
  • Kangaroos are peculiar to Australia.
  • * 1855 , ,
  • This philosopher found his ideas especially in all that is practical,[29] that is, which rests upon freedom, which in its turn ranks under cognitions that are the peculiar product of reason.
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  • * 1895 , , XX: Anomalous Islands: Celebes,
  • But of late years extensive Tertiary deposits of Miocene age have been discovered, showing that it is not a mere congeries of volcanoes; it [Iceland] is connected with the British Islands and with Greenland by seas less than 500 fathoms deep; and it possesses a few mammalia, one of which is peculiar', and at least three ' peculiar species of birds.
  • (dated) One's own; belonging solely or especially to an individual; not shared or possessed by others.
  • * Bible, Titus ii. 14
  • And purify unto himself a peculiar people.
  • * Hooker
  • hymns that Christianity hath peculiar unto itself
  • (dated) Particular; individual; special; appropriate.
  • * Milton
  • while each peculiar power forgoes his wonted seat
  • * Dryden
  • My fate is Juno's most peculiar care.

    Synonyms

    * (out of the ordinary) strange, uncommon, unusual * (common or usual in a particular place or circumstance) specific

    Antonyms

    * (out of the ordinary) common, usual * (common or usual in a particular place or circumstance) common, general, universal

    Derived terms

    * peculiarity * peculiarly * peculiarness

    See also

    * (wikipedia "peculiar")

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic.
  • * South
  • Revenge is the peculiar of Heaven.
  • (UK, canon law) A particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary.
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