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English definition of “irregular”

irregular

adjective uk   /ɪˈreɡ.jə.lər/ us    /-lɚ/

irregular adjective (RULE)

formal (of behaviour or actions) not according to usual rules or what is expected: Releasing the goods without an invoice is most irregular. B1 specialized language An irregular verb, noun, adjective, etc. does not obey the usual rules for words in the language.

irregular adjective (SHAPE)

B2 not regular in shape or form; having parts of different shapes or sizes: an irregular coastline irregular teeth

irregular adjective (TIME/SPACE)

B2 not happening at regular times or not with regular spaces in between: an irregular heartbeat They met at irregular intervals. US informal not emptying your bowels as often as you would usually

irregular adjective (SOLDIER)

(of a soldier) fighting for a country but not as a member of its official army
irregularly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
irregularly shaped The verb acts irregularly.

irregular

noun [C] uk   /ɪˈreɡ.jə.lər/ us    /-lɚ/
a soldier who is not a member of the official army of a country
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