irregular Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Definition of “irregular” - English Dictionary

"irregular" in American English

See all translations

irregularadjective

 us   /ɪˈreɡ·jə·lər/
  • irregular adjective (SHAPE)

not ​regular in ​shape or ​form; having ​parts of different ​shapes or ​sizes: an irregular ​surface
  • irregular adjective (TIME/SPACE)

not ​happening at ​regulartimes, or not having ​usual or ​regularspaces in between: There are irregular ​spaces between the words. He ​showed up at irregular ​intervals.
  • irregular adjective (RULE)

(of ​behavior or ​actions) not ​according to ​usualrules or what is ​expected grammar An irregular ​verb, ​noun, ​adjective, or other ​type of word does not ​obey the ​usualrules in the ​language for ​changing word endings.
(Definition of irregular from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"irregular" in British English

See all translations

irregularadjective

uk   /ɪˈreɡ.jə.lər/  us   /-lɚ/
  • irregular adjective (RULE)

formal (of ​behaviour or ​actions) not ​according to ​usualrules 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 ​usualrules for words in the ​language.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • irregular adjective (SOLDIER)

(of a ​soldier) ​fighting for a ​country but not as a ​member of ​itsofficialarmy
irregularly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
irregularly ​shaped The ​verbacts irregularly.

irregularnoun [C]

uk   /ɪˈreɡ.jə.lər/  us   /-lɚ/
a ​soldier who is not a ​member of the ​officialarmy of a ​country
(Definition of irregular from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"irregular" in Business English

See all translations

irregularadjective

uk   us   /ɪˈreɡjələr/
not ​happening at ​regulartimes or in ​regularamounts: Many ​firms have an irregular cashflow. You will not be penalised for ​contributing irregular ​amounts, or missing or ​stoppingpayments. Airport ​staffinspect the runways three ​times a day at irregular intervals.
not according to usual ​rules or what is expected, and often not acceptable: Investigators ​found these ​bankdeposits to be highly irregular because the ​amountexceeded the man's ​income. Certain irregular ​businesspractices were ​identified.
(Definition of irregular from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of irregular?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“irregular” in Business English

Word of the Day

carnival

(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

awesomesauce noun
awesomesauce noun
February 01, 2016
slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

Read More