February 05, 2019
atypical (adjective)
\ay-TIP-ih-kul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: not typical : irregular
How do you use it?
The book is atypical for the author but fans won't be disappointed: it's a great story.
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The earliest known evidence of the word "atypical" is from 1845. The first part of the word, though—the prefix "a-" —has been used in English words for about 400 years. It means "not" or "without" and can be seen in a few other words as well, such as "asymmetrical," which means "not having sides or halves that are the same"—that is, "not symmetrical." Another prefix "a-" can be seen in the word "aloud," where it means "in a specified manner."
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