ETYM Old Fren. curios, curius, French curieux, Latin curiosus careful, inquisitive, from cura care. Related to Cure.
1. Beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; SYN. funny, odd, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy, singular.
2. Eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns); SYN. inquisitive, interested.
3. Having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning more.
1. Affectedly effeminate or refined; SYN. mincing, niminy-piminy, prim, twee.
2. Especially pleasing to the taste; SYN. tasty.
3. Excessively fastidious and easily disgusted; SYN. nice, overnice, prissy, squeamish.
4. Of delicate composition and artistry; SYN. exquisite, fine.
ETYM Latin extraordinarius; extra on the outside + ordinarius: cf. French extraordinaire. Related to Ordinary.
1. Beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable.
2. Far more than usual or expected.
3. (Of an official) Serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials.
ETYM Latin infrequens; cf. French infrequent. Related to In- not, and Frequent.
Not frequent; not occurring regularly or at short intervals.
ETYM Cf.French occasionnel.
1. Occurring from time to time.
2. Acting as the occasion or contributing cause of something.
3. Encountered, occurring, appearing, or taken at irregular or infrequent intervals.
4. Acting in a specified capacity from time to time.
5. Designed or constructed to be used as the occasion demands.
1. Recurring only at long intervals
2. Not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness
3. Not widely distributed
4. Marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind; SYN. uncommon, unusual, precious.
5. Having low density; SYN. rarefied, rarified.
6. (Of meat) Cooked a short time; still red inside
1. Not full, large, or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; meager; not enough.
2. Skimpy; parsimonious.
1. Deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand
2. Not enough; hard to find
1. Just sufficient
2. Not taken up by scheduled activities; SYN. free.
3. Thin and fit; SYN. trim.
Not dense; SYN. thin.
ETYM Latin tenuis thin. Related to Thin, Tenuis.
Thin; sparse; rarefied.
Having thin consistency.
1. Of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section
2. Lacking excess flesh; SYN. lean.
3. Lacking spirit or sincere effort
4. Relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not viscous
5. (Of sound) Lacking resonance or volume
Not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind.
ETYM French unique; cf. Italian unico; from Latin unicus, from unus one. Related to One.
1. Highly unusual or rare but not the single instance.
2. (Followed by 'to') Applying exclusively to a given category or condition or locality.
3. The single one of its kind
4. Highly unusual or rare but not the single instance
1. Not commonly encountered
2. Not usual or common or ordinary
Out of the ordinary
ETYM From Wash.
Lacking strength or vigor.