Definitions for irregularɪˈrɛg yə lər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ir•reg•u•larɪˈrɛg yə lər(adj.)

  1. lacking symmetry, even shape, formal arrangement, etc.:

    an irregular pattern.

  2. variable in timing or rhythm; erratic:

    irregular intervals.

  3. not conforming to established rules, etiquette, morality, etc.

  4. not according to rule or to the accepted principle, method, course, order, etc.

  5. not conforming to the prevalent pattern of formation, inflection, etc., in a language, as English verbs that do not form the past tense by adding -ed: the irregular verbs keep and see.

    Category: Grammar

  6. (formerly, of troops) not belonging to an organized group of established military forces.

    Category: Military

  7. flawed, damaged, or failing to meet a specific standard of manufacture:

    a sale of irregular shirts.

  8. Bot. lacking uniformity, as a flower with petals of varied shapes.

    Category: Botany

  9. (n.)a person or thing that is irregular.

  10. a product or material that does not meet specifications or standards of the manufacturer, as one having imperfections in its pattern.

    Category: Commerce

  11. a combatant not of a regular military force, as a guerrilla.

    Category: Military

Origin of irregular:

1350–1400; < ME < MF < LL

Princeton's WordNet

  1. guerrilla, guerilla, irregular, insurgent(noun)

    a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment

  2. irregular, second(adj)

    merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name

  3. irregular(adj)

    contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice

    "irregular hiring practices"

  4. irregular, unpredictable(adj)

    not occurring at expected times

  5. irregular(adj)

    (used of the military) not belonging to or engaged in by regular army forces

    "irregular troops"; "irregular warfare"

  6. irregular(adj)

    (of solids) not having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume must be determined with the principle of liquid displacement

  7. irregular(adj)

    falling below the manufacturer's standard

    "irregular jeans"

  8. atypical, irregular(adj)

    deviating from normal expectations; somewhat odd, strange, or abnormal

    "these days large families are atypical"; "atypical clinical findings"; "atypical pneumonia"; "highly irregular behavior"

  9. irregular, temporary(adj)

    lacking continuity or regularity

    "an irregular worker"; "employed on a temporary basis"

  10. irregular(adj)

    (of a surface or shape); not level or flat or symmetrical

    "walking was difficult on the irregular cobblestoned surface"

  11. irregular, maverick, unorthodox(adj)

    independent in behavior or thought

    "she led a somewhat irregular private life"; "maverick politicians"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. irregular(adjective)ɪˈrɛg yə lər

    ≠ regular

    irregular payments; at irregular intervals

  2. irregularɪˈrɛg yə lər

    ≠ regular

    pieces of irregular thickness

  3. irregularɪˈrɛg yə lər

    improper or wrong

    a highly irregular matter

  4. irregularɪˈrɛg yə lər

    ≠ regular

    irregular verbs; an irregular plural form


  1. irregular(Noun)

    A soldier who is not a member of an official military force and, often, does not follow regular army tactics.

  2. irregular(Adjective)

    Nonstandard; not conforming to rules or expectations.

  3. irregular(Adjective)

    Of a surface, rough.

  4. Origin: From irreguler, from irregularis, from in- + regularis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Irregular(adj)

    not regular; not conforming to a law, method, or usage recognized as the general rule; not according to common form; not conformable to nature, to the rules of moral rectitude, or to established principles; not normal; unnatural; immethodical; unsymmetrical; erratic; no straight; not uniform; as, an irregular line; an irregular figure; an irregular verse; an irregular physician; an irregular proceeding; irregular motion; irregular conduct, etc. Cf. Regular

  2. Irregular(noun)

    one who is not regular; especially, a soldier not in regular service

Translations for irregular

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not happening etc regularly

His attendance at classes was irregular.

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