Ways of Saying that Something Is Unusual

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Ways of saying that something is unusual:

  • Distinctive
  • Exotic
  • Extraordinary
  • Odd
  • One of a kind
  • Out of the ordinary
  • Peculiar
  • Stand out like a sore thumb
  • Unconventional


Meaning: to be different from others in the sense that it is easily noticed or recognized, characteristic.

  • People often call Mars a red planet because of its distinctive red colour.
  • That pasta you always make has a distinctive taste. 
  • That fish has a distinctive stripe down its tale.
Ways of saying that something is unusual
Ways of saying that something is unusual


Meaning: unusual and interesting, coming from a foreign country.

  • We watched some exotic dance last night.
  • Lucy has always been different. For example, she likes wearing exotic clothes or eating exotic food.
  • We are going to spend a holiday on an exotic island in the Maldives.


Meaning: strange, surprising and rare.

  • Isn’t it extraordinary that Simon can sleep during a very noisy party?
  • They want to make a hotel in the middle of a desert. Isn’t that an extraordinary idea?
  • That frog has teeth. How extraordinary!


Meaning: strange and unusual.

  • Our neighbours are a bit odd. They rarely have any friends or visitors round.
  • It is an odd thing to say.
  • I remember Helen wearing odd socks back in high school.

One of a kind

Meaning: very rare or unusual.

  • Mary is a very unusual woman – one of a kind.
  • This strange flower is one of a kind.
Ways of saying that something is unusual
Ways of saying that something is unusual

Out of the ordinary

Meaning: different or unusual, beyond one’s expectations. You will often hear that something is nothing out of the ordinary, which means that it is not unusual.

  • Have you noticed anything out of the ordinary in Robert’s behaviour?
  • We had a nice lunch in a luxury hotel in Paris but nothing out of the ordinary though.


Meaning: strange or unusual, often in an unpleasant way.

  • The mushrooms taste a bit peculiar. Are you sure they were fresh?
  • There was something peculiar in the way the actor talked.
  • The victim died in rather peculiar circumstances.

Stand/stick out like a sore thumb

Meaning: used to describe someone different from the people around them and therefore noticeable.

  • You shouldn’t wear a suit to that party because you’ll stand out like a sore thumb. Everyone will be wearing casual clothes.
  • That tall man sticks out like a sore thumb in that crowd of people.


Meaning: different from what is considered usual.

  • They produced the medicine by an unconventional method.
  • Maria had a rather unconventional approach toward her work.
  • David had a bit of an unconventional study habit, preferring to study at night.

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Ways of saying that something is unusual

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